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:9/17/2014)... in the creation of the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat ... threat potential of the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana ... The index was introduced Sept. 17 by the U.S. ... Gas and Electric. , The index includes four classification ... used to help fire agencies and other emergency responders, ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... doctoral student have designed a device based on a ... and dew., The device could provide water in drought-stricken ... Cheng Luo, professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering ... College of Engineering department, published "Bioinspired Plate-Based Fog Collectors" ... Society) Applied Materials & Interfaces ...
(Date:9/17/2014)... DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2014) A rare genetic disorder ... according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at ... San Diego. In addition to suggesting better treatment options ... more clues into the genetic underpinnings of autism., Jacobsen ... the National Institutes of Health. It occurs in a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):UCLA scientists play key role in developing new Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index 2Shorebird's beak inspires UT Arlington research on water collection 2A link between Jacobsen syndrome and autism 2
... in the branches of trees hemming the shorelines during ... coastal residents in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. ... Chandra Giri from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) decided ... which make up valuable forest ecosystems called mangroves -- ...
... molecular machines that transport substances, catalyze chemical reactions, pump ... amino acids and the individual amino acid sequence is ... protein can carry out inside the cell are determined ... this so-called tertiary structure presents a great challenge to ...
... of an exotic, infectious virus that has caused three recent ... virus might damage lungs during infection. The findings also suggest ... Not only does the infection from monkeypox virus increase ... of proteins that keep lung tissue intact and lubricated. The ...
Cached Biology News:Root of the matter: A new map shows life-saving forests' scarcity defies past estimates 2Root of the matter: A new map shows life-saving forests' scarcity defies past estimates 3Root of the matter: A new map shows life-saving forests' scarcity defies past estimates 4Root of the matter: A new map shows life-saving forests' scarcity defies past estimates 5Structural genomics accelerates protein structure determination 2Structural genomics accelerates protein structure determination 3Deadly monkeypox virus might cause disease by breaking down lung tissue 2Deadly monkeypox virus might cause disease by breaking down lung tissue 3Deadly monkeypox virus might cause disease by breaking down lung tissue 4
(Date:9/18/2014)... Sept. 18, 2014  Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: ... a strategic agreement with Merck Animal Health to market ... The Igenity Dairy Heifer Program consists of genomic ... the genetic potential of replacement dairy heifers. The genomic ... born, and is an excellent tool in the decision-making ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... September 18, 2014 OMICS Group ... globe to participate in the ‘Open Access Week’ ... to OMICS Group Pharma Journals from ... of the fastest emerging Sciences, accelerating with a ... services across the globe. The industry is gearing ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of ... in a surprising way: by changing the composition and ... of bacteria residing in our intestines. These findings, the ... today in Nature . Among other things, says ... who led this research together with Prof. Eran Segal ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... California (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 Silicon-valley ... forces with Digitaliza TXT , the latest addition ... to its Clinical Research Organization (CRO) Program, Clinovo further ... “After three days of ClinCapture training, we are now ... TXT CEO Ana Pulido. “We can also rely on ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Merck Animal Health to market Neogen's dairy genomic program 2Pharma and Omics Journals to Address Global Challenges during Open Access Week 2Pharma and Omics Journals to Address Global Challenges during Open Access Week 3Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance 2Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance 3Digitaliza TXT Joins Clinovo’s CRO Partnership Program, Bringing Its Open Source EDC System, ClinCapture to Latin America 2Digitaliza TXT Joins Clinovo’s CRO Partnership Program, Bringing Its Open Source EDC System, ClinCapture to Latin America 3
... (Nasdaq:,CEPH) today announced that its Analyst Day in New ... be webcast live on the investor relations section of,its ... will review the company,s business,strategy, marketing plan and research ... November 5, 2008 beginning at,approximately 12:30 p.m. EST and ...
... - A ... FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 30 WaferGen Biosystems,Inc. (OTC ... genotyping, cell biology and stem cell research systems,today announced ... a,team of researchers at University of Pittsburgh an approximately ...
... role in the move,to incorporate mobile technology into ... announced it will launch a new program,designed to ... mobile,platform, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation has partnered ... of mobile technology,to the nonprofit sector., The ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cephalon, Inc. to Webcast Analyst Day 2Cephalon, Inc. to Webcast Analyst Day 3NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh 2NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh 3NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh 4NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh 5NIH Awards Approximately $3M Grant for Research Involving WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System at the University of Pittsburgh 6Nonprofit Puts the Power to Cure Neurological Disease in the Hands of the Masses: Texting Technology Brings Awareness & Supports Research 2Nonprofit Puts the Power to Cure Neurological Disease in the Hands of the Masses: Texting Technology Brings Awareness & Supports Research 3
Apoptosis Detection Systems and Reagents...
...
DAPI: 4', 6-Diamino-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride. Antifade Solution: p-Phenylenediamine and glycerol in PBS solution. 0.4g/mL DAPI suspended in Antifade....
Anti-Mouse Qa.m8, Ascites (Clone 5035-24.1) (mouse IgG3)...
Biology Products: