Error message

  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in eval() (line 25 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in eval() (line 26 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in eval() (line 28 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Undefined property: stdClass::$field_family_name in eval() (line 28 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Undefined index: und in eval() (line 28 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Undefined offset: 0 in eval() (line 28 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).
  • Notice: Undefined index: value in eval() (line 28 of /var/aegir/platforms/acton_7.x-4.x_lws03/modules/php/php.module(80) : eval()'d code).

Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

Our existence on earth is entirely dependent on photosynthesis, the process which nature uses to convert incident solar radiation into molecular energy. The energy stored as ‘solid sunlight' is regained when photosynthetically created biomass reacts with atmospheric oxygen to form CO2. The combustion powers a myriad of processes, from the biochemical processes that keep us alive, to generating the vast amounts of heat, mechanical and electrical energy that has allowed modern societies to flourish.

The price of our success has been a rapidly increasing human population and a dramatically increasing atmospheric concentration of CO2, leading to global warming. We are studying fundamental processes in both natural and artificial photosynthesis with the goal of utilizing solar energy as a source of storable energy to replace coal and oil.