Volume 94 Issue 46 | pp. 32-38
Issue Date: November 21, 2016

Cover Story

Will the artificial leaf sprout to combat climate change?

Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: energy, artificial leaf, solar energy, water splitting reactions, carbon fixation, hydrocarbons, semiconductors, artificial photosynthesis

On a gray and rainy October day in Palo Alto, Calif., the palms lining the driveway to Stanford University silently drip and the perfectly manicured lawns are lush and green. For a group of chemistry researchers a few buildings away, these plants are not merely a spot of beauty on the way to the office, but a daily inspiration.

Inside Thomas Jaramillo’s Stanford lab, these researchers are trying to catch sunlight . . .

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