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An international group of scientists with bearings in Bio4Energy has been JohannesMessingerUmUJohannes Messinger and colleagues will develop tools to turn sunlight and water into "chemical" fuels by using photosynthesis. Photo by courtesy of Umeå University.
awarded a €4.4 (SEK40.3) million grant to develop a membrane by which they hope to produce renewable energy from sunlight and water.

The scientists from the Chemical Biological Centre (KBC), at Umeå University in northern Sweden, won the grant from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, a Swedish fund, a statement from that state-run university said.

With their joint expertise in physics, plant physiology and chemistry, including in catalysis and separation, the researchers aimed to develop processes to underpin the generation of energy carriers such as hydrogen by using sunlight and water in a “highly efficient” photosynthetic process, the statement said. To achieve the conversion, the cross-disciplinary team envisaged developing a membrane, billed as “the Artificial Leave”.

A Chemistry professor with the university, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is Bio4Energy’s man in the KBC collaboration which can start thanks to the five-year grant.

The project will be coordinated by another UmU professor, Johannes Messinger, who specialises in photosynthetic water splitting. 

“Our joint goal is to develop a simple membrane, ‘the Artificial Leave’, which can be used to produce hydrogen gas and (gaseous) oxygen”, said Messinger;

“This type of membrane will be used to power cars, (aid) the provision of energy to households and (be used) in further appliances”., a Swedish website, picked up on the announcement of the grant.

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