Artificial photosynthesis for production of hydrogen peroxide and its fuel cells

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The reducing power released from photosystem I (PSI) via ferredoxin enables the reduction of NADP+ to NADPH, which is essential in the Calvin-Benson cycle to make sugars in photosynthesis. Alternatively, PSI can reduce O2 to produce hydrogen peroxide as a fuel. This article describes the artificial version of the photocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide from water and O2 using solar energy. Hydrogen peroxide is used as a fuel in hydrogen peroxide fuel cells to make electricity. The combination of the photocatalytic H2O2 production from water and O2 using solar energy with one-compartment H2O2 fuel cells provides on-site production and usage of H2O2 as a more useful and promising solar fuel than hydrogen. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Biodesign for Bioenergetics - The design and engineering of electronc transfer cofactors, proteins and protein networks, edited by Ronald L. Koder and J.L. Ross Anderson.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-611
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2016

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  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Solar fuel


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