Harnessing Light | April 13, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 15 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 87 Issue 15 | pp. 46-50
Issue Date: April 13, 2009

Harnessing Light

Despite centuries of research, photosynthesis still has many unsolved mysteries
Department: Science & Technology

FROM THE SUNLIT CANOPY of dense jungle foliage to the very depths of the ocean, nature has found a way to capture the energy of light and convert it into chemical fuels.

Because of its fundamental importance, photosynthesis has for centuries challenged scientists to untangle its mysteries. Yet several Nobel Prizes for photosynthesis-related discoveries later, major unknowns still exist. Scientists have not figured out exactly how plants use light to catalyze the splitting of water, . . .

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