Bioenergy Research

The recent developments in the area of global warming and energy supply and security have given renewed importance to developing alternative sources of energy. The process of photosynthesis has been the ultimate source of most of energy resources on Earth for billions of years. New areas of research in bioenergy are attempting to harness this process more efficiently for our energy needs or to create artificial systems based on the molecular principles of photosynthesis. We are engaged in a range of projects in the area of bioenergy research, including: the use of bio-hybrid devices, in which a natural photosynthetic antenna complex is linked to an inorganic electron transfer complex (17); the investigation of hydrogen production by photosynthetic systems and the extension of the range of available light that drives photosynthesis through the use of unique photopigments.