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Hydrogen has properties that make it an ideal potential candidate for a sustainable fuel. However, it can only be considered a sustainable fuel is the water splitting reaction is driven by a sustainable energy source. Sunlight is the most obvious choice, but this currently requires an electrolytic cell that is not very efficient and expensive to produce. That is why research is currently focusing on finding ways of producing solar fuels directly from sunlight and water, without the need for the conversion to and from electricity. One line of research focuses on artificial photosynthesis: non-natural systems that perform similar functions as found in photosynthetic organisms, but are tailored to the production of hydrogen or related fuels. René Becker focuses on an important part of the water splitting reaction, the proton reduction half reaction in which hydrogen is generated. He uses an artificial catalyst based on all-iron hydrogenase, [FeFe]H2ase, a naturally occurring enzyme.

Event details of Mimicking a natural enzyme for artificial photosynthesis
Date 14 September 2016
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

R. Becker: [FeFe]Hydrogenase Mimics for Proton Reduction Catalysis.


Prof. J.N.H. Reek


Dr J.I. van der Vlugt


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.