Energy Conversion in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

  • Katharina Brinkert

Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 117)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 125-127

About this book


This book discusses the basic principles and processes of solar energy conversion in natural photosynthesis. It then directly compares them with recent developments and concepts currently being pursued in artificial photosynthetic systems that are capable of utilizing sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into a chemical fuel. 

In this regard, the main focus is on photoelectrochemical cells, in which semiconducting photoanodes and -cathodes modified with (electro-) catalysts are used to oxidize water, produce hydrogen and reduce carbon dioxide in a monolithic device. The fundamental photochemical and photophysical processes involved are presented and discussed, along with protection mechanisms and efficiency calculations for both natural and artificial photosynthesis. In turn, key parameters that are crucial for the efficient operation of natural photosynthesis are identified. Lastly, their validity and applicability in the design of artificial solar-driven water-splitting systems are examined. 


Principles of Solar Energy Conversion Photosystem II, Mn4CaO5 Cluster Solar-Driven Water Splitting Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Tyrosine-Histidine Interaction CO2 Fixation, RuBisCO Light Harvesting Artificial Photosynthesis Redox Cofactor Tuning Molecular Biomimetics

Authors and affiliations

  • Katharina Brinkert
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77979-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77980-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6218
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