Artificial Photosynthetic Systems

Authored by: Péter Maróti , Massimo Trotta

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-56

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Abstract

For millions of years, green plants have employed photosynthesis to capture energy from sunlight, to convert it into electrochemical energy, and finally to produce energy-rich (organic) compounds. Water is the key chemical component in this process: it supplies electrons to reduce carbon dioxide to carbohydrate and forms oxygen as by-product. The overall process is responsible for the majority of energy used by mankind during our evolution and is challenged only by nuclear processes highly debated by environmentalists [13].

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