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Artificial Photosynthesis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128032893, 9780128033258

Artificial Photosynthesis, Volume 79

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editor: Bruno Robert
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032893
eBook ISBN: 9780128033258
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th June 2016
Page Count: 260
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Table of Contents

Chapter One. An Illustrative History of Artificial Photosynthesis

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Early Musings and Promising Findings
  • 3. The Beginnings of Modern Artificial Photosynthesis: Donor–Acceptor Dyads
  • 4. More Complex Artificial Reaction Centres
  • 5. Metal Complex–Based Artificial Reaction Centres
  • 6. Artificial Antennas
  • 7. Photoprotection
  • 8. Harvesting the Energy of Charge Separation – Solar Fuel Production
  • 9. Conclusions

Chapter Two. ‘Direct Conversion’: Artificial Photosynthesis With Cyanobacteria

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Oxygenic Photosynthesis
  • 3. ‘Direct Conversion’
  • 4. Optimization of ‘Direct Conversion’ through Natural Photosynthesis
  • 5. The Use of Large, Closed, Outdoor Photobioreactors
  • 6. Outlook

Chapter Three. Bioinspired Photocatalysis

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Strategies
  • 3. Chromophores
  • 4. Molecular Catalysts for Oxidation
  • 5. Molecular Catalysts for Reduction
  • 6. Driving Catalysts by Light
  • 7. Challenges and Bottlenecks
  • 8. Concluding Remarks

Chapter Four. Artificial Photosynthesis – An Inorganic Approach

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Artificial Photosynthesis
  • 3. Photoelectrodes and Device Structures
  • 4. Application of Energy-Converting Devices for CO2 Reduction
  • 5. Present Research Topics
  • 6. Technical and Scientific Challenges
  • 7. Summary

Chapter Five. Artificial Photosynthesis: Theoretical Background

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Generic Hamiltonian of the Coupled System
  • 3. Master Equations for the Density Matrix
  • 4. Stochastic Wavefunction Approaches
  • 5. Electron Transfer in a Mesoscopic Molecular Network
  • 6. Example: Excitation Dynamics in a Heterodimer

Chapter Six. Resolving Energy and Electron Transfer Processes in Dyads With the Help of Global and Target Analysis

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Methodology
  • 3. Applications to Synthetic Systems
  • 4. Conclusion

Chapter Seven. European and International Initiatives in the Field of Artificial Photosynthesis

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Artificial Photosynthesis: Academic and Industrial Context
  • 3. European and International Initiatives
  • 4. Conclusion and Perspectives


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  • Presents the latest information on artificial photosynthesis
  • Features a wide range of reviews by recognized experts on all aspects of plant genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and ecology


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About the Serial Volume Editor

Bruno Robert

After a Master in Theoritical Physics, I joined the photosynthesis group of the Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay in December 1982 to perform a PhD in biophysics. My interests have since focused on the proteins involved in the capture of the solar photons and in the conversion of the resulting excitation energy into stable potential chemical energy during the primary steps of photosynthesis. My main activity has concerned the development of spectroscopic methods to unravel the molecular parameters which underlie the different aspects of this process.

This work has conducted to the quantification of the different parameters responsible for the tuning of the absorption and stability of the light-harvesting bacteriochlorophyll molecules in antennae proteins from purple bacteria, and of the redox potential of the primary electron donor in bacterial reaction centers. In the last decade, I got involved in the study of the mechanisms of regulation of light energy collection in plants and algae. In the presence of excess illumination, energy traps quickly (in seconds) appear in their photosynthetic membranes to de-activate the excess excitation energy into heat. Since 2005, using ultrafast time-resolved absorption and vibrational spectroscopic methods, we proposed to explain this mechanism the molecular switch model, in which the pH gradient induced by photosynthetic activity triggers a conformational change of the light-harvesting protein, which open a de-excitation channel involving the silent lower energy excited state of a carotenoid molecule.

Affiliations and Expertise

CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France