Navigation Links
In plant photosynthesis, scientists see clues for improving solar energy cells
Date:11/22/2013

Solar cells optimized to suit local light conditions, or made more efficient by using a broader part of the solar spectrum, are among the imaginative applications foreseen from ground-breaking new insights into plant photosynthesis pioneered in Canada.

Indeed new, more fully detailed knowledge of how plants and other living organisms convert sunlight into energy and carbon dioxide into biomass may offer clues to addressing both the global energy crisis and global warming, says Dr. Gregory Scholes, among the world's most renowned scientists in plant photosynthesis.

Dr. Scholes, distinguished professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto and 2012 recipient of the John C. Polanyi Award from Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), will describe his work in a special public lecture Nov. 26 supported by the Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science, NSERC, and Toronto's Ryerson University.

"This new bio-inspired understanding will help scientists devise artificial light gathering systems that can far exceed existing solar cells in functionality, and so pave the way to new, environmentally-friendly energy technologies," says Dr. Scholes.

"We can imagine, for example, solar cells that optimize themselves to suit the local light conditions or that make better use of the solar spectrum by efficiently capturing and processing light of different colours."

Studies of nature's "photosynthetic machines" have involved such organisms as fronds in kelp forests (which can grow 15 cm - 6 inches - in a single day), algae growing 20 meters - 60 feet - underwater even in winter when over 1 metre of ice covers the water - and bacteria from the South Andros Black Hole, Bahamas, which have evolved to short circuit photosynthetic light harvesting and thereby warm their local environment.

All have helped science identify some fascinating chemical physics and determine that a chain of
'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. LSUHSC research finds combo of plant nutrients kills breast cancer cells
2. Plant fuel project moves to second phase under US Energy Department grant
3. Plant cell architecture: Growth toward a light source
4. Burning biomass pellets instead of wood or plants in China could lower mercury emissions
5. Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests
6. Crafting a better enzyme cocktail to turn plants into fuel faster
7. Nanotube-based sensors can be implanted under the skin for a year
8. Plant production could decline as climate change affects soil nutrients
9. Simple plants arent always easy: Revision of the liverwort Radula buccinifera complex
10. The secret math of plants: UCLA biologists uncover rules that govern leaf design
11. Angel or demon: Can a potentially invasive plant bring a positive influence to a region?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/27/2015)... 27, 2015  For more than four decades, AUVSI,s ... been the premier worldwide event for the unmanned land, ... must-attend event for any local, national, or trade news ... commercial markets and current applications of unmanned technologies. The ... projected $48 billion industry, and how it will soon ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... Apr. 27, 2015 Profile Solutions, Inc. (OTC: ... security systems is pleased to announce that Dr ... consultant and member of its scientific advisory board. ... as a thought leader in technology-enhanced learning models. He ... and has published studies and books focused on online ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... Huntington Memorial Hospital is the first facility ... miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). ... FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven ... to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF ... pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 2UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 3UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 4UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 5Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 2Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 3Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 4Huntington Memorial Hospital Becomes First in the San Gabriel Valley to Offer Patients a New Heart Failure Monitoring Solution 2Huntington Memorial Hospital Becomes First in the San Gabriel Valley to Offer Patients a New Heart Failure Monitoring Solution 3
... Texas at Arlington environmental engineer has received a three-year, $561,730 ... water so that water providers can take action to contain ... and National Science Foundation have awarded Assistant Professor Hyeok Choi ... these biological toxins exist so that the harmful algae can ...
... Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge ... they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to ... of the National Academy of Sciences , profiles the ... environments, ranging from the mouth to deep within the ...
... One of the most widely advocated strategies for dealing with ... the population of men who have sex with men (MSM) ... new study. In the United States, LA County has ... so-called "test and treat" policy which calls for universal ...
Cached Biology News:UT Arlington engineer to search for bad algal blooms 2Human microbe study provides insight into health, disease 2Study: Widespread 'test-and-treat' HIV policies could increase dangerous drug resistance 2
(Date:5/21/2015)... May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - RepliCel Life Sciences ... regenerative medicine company focused on the development of ... presentation at the International Society for Cellular Therapy ... Achilles tendinosis currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical ... th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... , May 20, 2015 Veracyte, ... preliminary data demonstrating the ability of the company,s ... (IPF) from other interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) using ... classifier,s potential to help thousands of patients avoid ... in IPF diagnosis – a frequent challenge for ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qfxkcq/global_cell ) ... Therapy Market Outlook 2020 " report to their ... and regenerative medicine is expected to have huge marketing ... help in the growth of deregulated organs. Several therapeutic ... unable to form new tissue or sometimes organ transplant ...
(Date:5/20/2015)...  Health eCareers, the healthcare industry,s online career ... seekers looking for the flexibility of short-term assignments ... online tool dedicated exclusively to temporary and shift ... enables employers to quickly find and hire experienced ... and other temporary positions, eliminating the time and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:RepliCel to Present Unique Autologous Cell Treatment for Achilles Tendinosis at International Society for Cellular Therapy Conference 2RepliCel to Present Unique Autologous Cell Treatment for Achilles Tendinosis at International Society for Cellular Therapy Conference 3Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 2Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 3Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 4Veracyte Presents Preliminary Data Demonstrating Ability of Molecular Classifier to Improve Non-Surgical IPF Diagnosis Using Bronchoscopy Samples 5Global Cell Therapy Market Outlook 2015-2020 - 262 Cell Therapies & 13 Marketed Cell Therapies 2Global Cell Therapy Market Outlook 2015-2020 - 262 Cell Therapies & 13 Marketed Cell Therapies 3Health eCareers Launches SHIFT Mobile and Online Tool to Match Healthcare Employers with Temporary Job Seekers 2Health eCareers Launches SHIFT Mobile and Online Tool to Match Healthcare Employers with Temporary Job Seekers 3
... of top-quality custom cosmesis, hires U.S. ... sales and marketing executive, ... - Touch,Bionics, developer of the i-LIMB Hand, the world,s first ... complete operations of LIVINGSKIN, the developer of the unique,and lifelike ...
... California, San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental ... to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the ... as electron superhighways that carry electrons kicked loose ... electron-attracting electrode and this scenario could boost ...
... for micro and nano technologies. These challenges are not ... control and understanding of their behaviour. , This one-day ... analysis at the micro and nano-scale using state-of-the art ... , Topics include fundamental effects of topography in SIMS ...
Cached Biology Technology:Touch Bionics acquires LIVINGSKIN 2Touch Bionics acquires LIVINGSKIN 3Nanowires may boost solar cell efficiency, UC San Diego engineers say 2Nanowires may boost solar cell efficiency, UC San Diego engineers say 3Nanowires may boost solar cell efficiency, UC San Diego engineers say 4Micro and Nano Scale Characterization of Fibers 2
...
Dopamine D2 and D3 receptor, human and possibly mouse. AB1502 detects 40 ng of dopamine receptor peptide by ELISA. AB1502 is not neutralizing....
Rabbit polyclonal to SpUlp2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Synthetic peptide: SNNERQSLSSGSND, corresponding to amino acids 622-635 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe SpUlp2...
STX18 Immunogen: STX18 (NP_058626, 101 a.a. ~ 200 a.a) partial recombinant protein with GST tag. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles *Available for distribution in the US only...
Biology Products: