Harnessing photosynthesis to produce a renewable source of fuel

John E. Sheats, Paul Lucuski, Zachary Orr, Thomas Green, Brandon Bailey, G. Charles Dismukes, David Robinson, Calvin Sung

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Abstract

A cubic cluster containing four manganese atoms, four oxygen atoms and a calcium atom located in the center of PS-II particles in the chloroplasts of the leaves of plants is the catalytic site for photosynthetic oxygen evolution. For the past 11 years we have studied models of this structure with the formula, Mn4O4(Ar2PO2)6 with the goal of harnessing this process for production of hydrogen and oxygen as a renewable source of fuel. Much of this research has been conducted by undergraduates and Project SEED students at Rider University in collaboration with the research group of Dr. G. Charles Dismukes at Princeton University. The results of these studies and the role of the undergraduate students and SEED students will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 237th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2009Mar 26 2009

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727

Other

Other237th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT
Period3/22/093/26/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Sheats, J. E., Lucuski, P., Orr, Z., Green, T., Bailey, B., Dismukes, G. C., ... Sung, C. (2009). Harnessing photosynthesis to produce a renewable source of fuel. In American Chemical Society - 237th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers (ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts).