Emerging Trends in Nanomaterials for Photosynthetic Biohybrid Systems

Goodluck Okoro, Sadang Husain, Muhammad Saukani, Chinmaya Mutalik, Sibidou Yougbaré, Yu Cheng Hsiao, Tsung Rong Kuo

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Global warming and climate change are among the most immediate challenges confronting humans in the 21st century. Artificial photosynthesis represents a promising approach to mitigating the environmental crisis. Recently, people demonstrated that interfacing semiconductor, polymer, or metal-based nanomaterials with specific bacteria can generate built-in artificial photosynthetic systems, enabling solar-to-fuel conversion by forming a basic photosynthetic unit from a network of light-harvesting receptors, molecular water splitting and CO2, or proton reduction machinery. As a cutting-edge research direction, several strategies have been employed to create the artificial photosynthetic biohybrids. Notably, understanding of the molecular basis of these photosynthetic biohybrid systems is the key to improving the solar-to-chemical conversion efficiency. In the current review, we highlight the study of charge uptake channels in biohybrid artificial photosynthetic systems using various nanomaterials and microbes. We emphasize the importance of fully understanding the structures and operating mechanisms of these hybrid systems, as well as the criterion to select suitable microbes and photosensitized nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-115
Number of pages21
JournalACS Materials Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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