A scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Christine Foyer, Professor Alexander Ruban, Professor Peter Nixon and Professor Alfred William Rutherford FRS.
Photosynthesis is the major driver of life on earth. It can provide novel solutions for crop improvement in a changing climate, if we consolidate information concerning functional operation, current and future limitations, impacts on stress/growth responses and potential targets and markers. This forum seeks to identify new knowledge and novel concepts in order to facilitate the transition basic to applied knowledge.
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Our research will be showcased at the 2016 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (RSSE) from 4-10 July 2016 with the exhibit titled “Quantum secrets of photosynthesis” The RSSE is one of the most prestigious and most attended public science events in the UK. Over 10,000 general public members and 2,500 students are expected to visit with many more finding about the research on show online.
The oxygen evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II is responsible for the formation of atmospheric oxygen. Cytochrome oxidase (CO) and related respiratory oxidases convert oxygen back into water as part of the respiratory processes that provide the energy for survival of most living organisms.
The underlying redox chemistry of oxygen/water interconversion is complex and these enzymes have evolved unique mechanisms whose performance has yet to be achieved with (bio)mimetic chemical systems. Mechanistic and structural questions are common and yet the two enzyme systems are rarely discussed comparatively. The format of this Harden meeting is designed to bring together such expertise.
Abstract deadline - extended: 18 February 2016
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Total annual global energy consumption is set at least to double from its current level by 2050. Given the fact that the amount of solar energy that hits the Earth every hour meets the worldâ€˜s
annual energy needs, it becomes clear that solar driven energy production represents a sustaina- ble, long-term alternative to solve that problem. Currently, solar cells based on inorganic semi-
conductors represent the underlying principle of most applications that have found their way into daily life. Yet, in order to cover a significant share of the worldâ€˜s power consumption by solar
energy it will be necessary to further reduce the production costs of the modules at an simultane- ous increase of the power conversion efficiency, asking for the development of new materials for
that purpose. The various natural light-har- vesting systems in photosynthesis, which might serve as blueprints for the construction of novel solar cells based on organic matter, testify that organic
materials are very well suited to harvest solar energy, thereby offering several advan- tages over classical semiconductor materials such as lightweight, self-assembly, and low-cost pro- duction to
name a few.
Aim of the conference "LHP 2017: From Light Harvesting to Solar Fuels" is to bring together scientists from diverse fields to stimulate co- operations and to discuss options for the tech- nological development of practical methods for the utilization of photosynthesis. The realization of the seriousness and rapidity of climate change accentuates the importance of this research for future energy supply.
Scientific contributions: Nov. 27, 2016
Latest Registration: Feb. 1, 2017
Final Conference abstract: Feb. 1, 2017
c/o U. Gerken
Experimental Physics IV
University of Bayreuth