Natural vs. Artificial Photosynthesis? Metabolic & Efficiency Limits of Biomass vs. Solar Fuels

Natural vs. Artificial Photosynthesis? Metabolic & Efficiency Limits of Biomass vs. Solar Fuels

April 11, 2019

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, AL1-10/14

Date and Time

April 24, 2019, 10:30 am (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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G. Charles Dismukes, PhD, Professor, Rutgers Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Researcher, Waksman Institute and the Biochemistry and Microbiology Department, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Can we create a Usain Bolt of photosynthesis and harness it for agriculture? Universal rules govern the efficiency of metabolic processes among all organisms in the tree-of-life, including natural photosynthesis. The latter efficiency is very low, below 1% solar to biomass conversion. This inefficiency is inherent in the disparate timescales of photonic conversion vs biochemical reactions. Overcoming this fundamental limitation is an assertion made by bio-scientists that has met with little success. This seminar will describe metabolic outliers capable of higher solar-to-biomass conversion rates over short periods that cannot be sustained.

Hosted by the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery.