HU Professors Collaborate to Develop Bright Future for Solar Energy


Hebrew University researchers in collaboration with their counterparts at the German University of Bochum, have created a new model for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical cells. Their paper, published in Nature Energy, points to the future of clean energy.

Scientists around the world are working to utilize solar energy into clean electrical power. The method they devolved efficiently uses photo-bioelectrochemical cells based on native photosynthetic reactions that occur naturally in plant cells. These novel photo-bioelectrochemical cells point to a new method to photonically drive biocatalytic fuel cells while generating electrical power from solar energy.

Their research is a significant stride in  the progress that has already been made in the light-to-energy space in recent years.

Prof. Itamar Willner, at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Chemistry, said: “The study results provide a general approach to assemble photo-bioelectrochemical solar cells with wide implications for solar energy conversion, bioelectrocatalysis and sensing."

The research was headed at the Hebrew University by Prof. Itamar Willner, Institute of Chemistry and Minerva Center for Biohybrid Complex Systems, in collaboration with Prof. Rachel Nechushtai, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences and Minerva Center for Biohybrid Complex Systems; and at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, by Prof. Wolfgang Schuhmann, Analytical Chemistry, Center for Electrochemical Sciences (CES).

 

Posted February 4, 2016