Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis

 Leading the way to solar fuels


The Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis was founded in 1993 by Mats Almgren, Sten-Eric Lindquist, Björn Åkermark and Stenbjörn Styring. Stenbjörn Styring has been the chairman from the start.

Professor Stenbjörn Styring, chairman

An interdisciplinary working environment

A unique  component in our consortium is the synergistic interactions between biologists, biochemists, and synthetic and physical chemists. All focusing on development of novel techniques for solar fuels. Our research group is mainly located at Uppsala University in Uppsala, and at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Between 1994 and 2004 the Consortium was spread over three universities in Sweden (Lund, Stockholm, Uppsala) separated by over 600 km. In 2006 the collaboration in the Consortium took a leap forward when we created a new integrated scientific environment at the Ångström laboratory at Uppsala University. Here we integrate all parts of our science, while maintaining strong connections with the Max laboratory and the TW X-ray laser lab in Lund, and at the Chemistry department at KTH.

Stenbjörn Styring

Stenbjörn Styring is professor in Molecular Biomimetics at Uppsala University. Earlier he held a chair in Biochemistry at Lund University.

His research on natural photosynthesis has a strong biophysical profile dealing with mechanistic issues of the oxygen evolving enzyme in Photosystem II. His main experimental techniques are EPR and fluorescence spectroscopy.

In artificial photosynthesis he focuses on synthesis and characterization of manganese-, cobalt-, and ruthenium-complexes, intended for photocatalytic oxidation of water.

Publication list Stenbjörn Styring
Styring publications 2014_1.pdf (151.98KB)
Publication list Stenbjörn Styring
Styring publications 2014_1.pdf (151.98KB)


Leif Hammarström

Leif Hammarström is professor in Physical Chemistry at Uppsala University since 2004. He works with electron transfer, excited state dynamics and artificial photosynthesis. He is well known for his work on proton-coupled electron transfer, ruthenium-polypyridine photosensitizers and mechanistic studies in artificial photosynthesis.

Leif Hammarström has taken the initiative to, and coordinates the Swedish Solar Energy Platform.

Pia Lindberg

Pia Lindberg is associate professor at Uppsala University. 

Her research interests are in metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria with a focus on production of biofuels. The aim of her present work is development of a microbial system for carbon neutral production of fuels and other useful compounds.


Peter Lindblad

Peter Lindblad is professor in Microbial Chemistry at Uppsala University. His research explores the biological conversion of solar energy into a fuel, focusing on hydrogen production from cyanobacteria ("blue-green algae"). Since 2008 he is developing synthetic biology tools for cyanobacteria. This means the possibility to custom design, construct, and engineer microbial cells for direct solar fuel production. 

Peter Lindblad is the coordinator for the EU funded network CyanoFactory.

Ann Magnuson

Ann Magnuson is associate professor at Uppsala University.

Her work covers both natural and artificial photosynthesis. She has worked on biomimetic manganese complexes, and photo-induced electron transfer in ruthenium-manganese assemblies. Her current research interests include redox tuning in cyanobacterial hydrogenases, with the aim to increase photobiological hydrogen production beyond current levels.

Johannes Messinger

Johannes Messinger is Professor in Molecular Biomimetics at Uppsala University.

His work concentrates on the mechanism of water-oxidation in both natural and artificial photosynthesis. He is studying the water-oxidizing complex in Photosystem II by advanced X-ray spectroscopic techniques. His group is also developing and testing water-splitting catalysts for solar fuel devices made of abundant and environmentally friendly materials.

Sascha Ott

Sascha Ott is professor in Molecular Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University. His research is focused on synthesis and functional studies of molecular catalysts and materials. His particular interest is in the development of catalysts for homogenous fuel production. He is well known for developing the first mononuclear iron complex as a homogenous hydrogen production catalyst. 

Sascha Ott leads the Consortium's molecular inorganic chemistry group at Uppsala University.

Karin Stensjö

Karin Stensjö is associate professor in Microbial chemistry at Uppsala University.

Her research has  included biochemical and biotechnological approaches to transfer complete biosynthetic pathways from one organism to another, and moved into the area of systems biology. Her current research involves large-scale proteomics and metabolic network analysis.

Licheng Sun

Licheng Sun is Professor in Molecular Devices at the Department of Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. His work focuses on synthesis of biomimetic complexes for solar energy conversion. He has designed a broad palette of molecular catalysts for light-driven water-splitting, electrochemical and photochemical reduction of CO2, dye-sensitized solar cells, and supramolecular photochemistry.

Licheng Sun is a distinguished professor in Dalian University of Technology, and the director of the DUT-KTH Joint Education and Research Center on Molecular Devices.

Villy Sundström

Villy Sundström is Professor Emeritus at the division of Chemical Physics at Lund University.

He works with a broad spectrum of ultrafast techniques that enable studies of a multitude of materials and processes, including excitation and charge carrier dynamics in nanostructured materials for solar cells, and structural dynamics of reactive chemical systems.

Villy Sundström is member of the Chemistry Class of the Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA).


Last updated March 2017