The Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis is a collaborative research environment with the purpose of advancing the science and utilization of solar fuels - fuel from solar energy. We bring together leading scientists with expertise in a broad range of disciplines within chemistry, physics and biology. Together we do fundamental and applied research, developing solutions for a sustainable future. 

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Artificial photosynthesis could generate new fossil-free fuels

Today, the vast majority of fuels such as ethanol and hydrogen are produced by fossil fuels using petroleum as a raw material. Artificial photosynthesis captures the sun's light using a technique similar to that used in solar cells, adds water and carbon dioxide, and out comes a fuel in the form of a gas or liquid, such as hydrogen or an alcohol. Two of CAPs researchers, Pia Lindberg (left) and Leif Hammarström (right) were interviewed in October 2022 for a focus story published by Uppsala university. Read the whole story and interview here: Artificial photosynthesis - Uppsala university

The 2022 CAP workshop was a success!

On September 27 and 28, enthusiastic CAP members gathered at Haga Slott in Enköping for two half-days of intense discussions, idea hatching, future shaping, and fun. (More info will come soon)

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Images from the 2022 CAP workshop.

Alina Sekretareva awarded the Gustafsson prize in physics

The Göran Gustafsson prize in physics at Uppsala university is awarded to the CAP member Alina Sekretareva. Her research is focused on understanding of electron transfer processes within (bio)electrocatalysts and on the electrode/catalyst interface at the molecular level and on the exploration of novel concepts for electrocatalytic devices based on this new understanding. The prize is a research grant of 2,75 MSEK.

Read more on the home page of the Göran Gustafssons stiftelse (Swedish).

Peafowl Plasmonics raises 40 MSEK 

In seed round led by Industrifonden and the Wallenberg fund Navigare Ventures, the startup company Peafowl Plasmonics, founded by the CAP member Jacinto Sá, has raised enough capital to take the company to the next level. 

Read about it here (in Swedish): Peafowl Plasmonics har tagit fram genomskinliga solceller (di.se)  

April 2022: 

Sicong Wang, Bin Cai and Haining Tian published an article in Angewandte Chemie: 

Efficient Generation of Hydrogen Peroxide and Formate by an Organic Polymer Dots Photocatalyst in Alkaline Conditions.

March 2022: 

Ashleigh T. Castner, Hao Su, Erik Svensson Grape, A. Ken Inge, Ben A. Johnson*, Mårten S. G. Ahlquist*, and Sascha Ott* published an article in Journal of the American Chemical Society: 

Microscopic Insights into Cation-Coupled Electron Hopping Transport in a Metal–Organic Framework

March 2022: Marco Lorenzi,  Pierre Ceccaldi, Patricia Rodríguez‑Maciá, HollyJayne Redman, Afridi Zamader,  James A. Birrell, Livia S. Mészáros, and Gustav Berggren published an article in Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: 

Stability of the H‑cluster under whole‑cell conditions—formation of an Htrans‑like state and its reactivity towards oxygen.

February 2022: Xufeng Liu, Hao Xie, Stamatina Roussou and Peter Lindblad published an article in Current Opinion in Biotechnology:

Current advances in engineering cyanobacteria and their applications for photosynthetic butanol production

January 2022: Robin Tyburski and Leif Hammarström published an article in Chemical Science:

Strategies for switching the mechanism of proton-coupled electron transfer reactions illustrated by mechanistic zone diagrams.

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The CAP workshop, September 27-28, 2022:

CAP at the meeting venue Haga Slott, Enköping, in September 2022.


Last updated November 4, 2022