Harvard’s Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight into Liquid Fuel

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The original purpose of designing an artificial leaf was to harness light to break water into hydrogen and oxygen, thereby mimicking a real leaf’s photosynthesis. The bionic leaf is one step up from this process, in that it incorporates a type of bacterium that has been engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus the above hydrogen into isopropanol – a liquid fuel – as a byproduct of its natural metabolic processes.

The success of this process shows that it is possible to collect solar energy and store it as a liquid fuel. Both the original artificial leaf and the bionic leaf were developed by research teams at Harvard University.[/vc_column_text][vc_button2 title=”Read more” align=”right” style=”3d” color=”orange” size=”md” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fharvardmagazine.com%2F2015%2F05%2Fthe-bionic-leaf||target:%20_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row]