Part of the recipe for an artificial leaf, which could use sunlight and water to produce fuel (Image: Dr Tongxiang Fan)
Scientists have taken a leaf from Mother Nature's book in designing a blueprint for an artificial leaf
Producing an artificial leaf capable of harnessing Mother Nature’s ability to produce energy from sunlight and water via photosynthesis has been a long-sought goal for researchers aspiring to provide an environmentally-friendly way to free to world of its dependence on coal, oil, and other carbon-producing fuel sources. Now a group of Chinese scientists has presented a design strategy based on the chemistry and biology of natural leaves that could lead to working prototypes of an artificial leaf that captures solar energy and uses it efficiently to change water into hydrogen fuel.
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