Biocatalytic conversion of sunlight and carbon dioxide to solar fuels and chemicals

Ching Yau, Martin Hayes, Shafeer Kalathil*

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This review discusses the progress in the assembly of photosynthetic biohybrid systems using enzymes and microbes as the biocatalysts which are capable of utilising light to reduce carbon dioxide to solar fuels. We begin by outlining natural photosynthesis, an inspired biomachinery to develop artificial photosystems, and the rationale and motivation to advance and introduce biological substrates to create more novel, and efficient, photosystems. The case studies of various approaches to the development of CO2-reducing microbial semi-artificial photosystems are also summarised, showcasing a variety of methods for hybrid microbial photosystems and their potential. Finally, approaches to investigate the relatively ambiguous electron transfer mechanisms in such photosystems are discussed through the presentation of spectroscopic techniques, eventually leading to what this will mean for the future of microbial hybrid photosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16396-16411
Number of pages16
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number26
Early online date6 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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