While mature solar technologies (i.e. photovoltaics, photo-electrochemical cells) cannot simultaneously address the multi-faceted future energy challenge, PLANKT-ON aims to develop a disruptive net-zero emissions technology to both address the global energy demand and reoxygenation of our planet. Inspired by Nature, we propose to assemble the first synthetic plankton-like protocells that autonomously utilise light, water, and CO2 to produce O2 and formate, as a green H2 vector.

To this aim, the plankton-like protocells will be shaped as containers of two synergic subdomains mimicking the natural plastids and the CO2-enzyme organelles.

The artificial plastid (1st type proto-organelle) will utilise light to oxidise H2O to O2 and reduce a methyl viologen (MV) cofactor, this latter will feed the CO2-rich proto-organelle to selectively produce formate by a cascade enzymatic reaction.

We are expecting that this original bioinspired strategy will open a route to sustainable solar hydrogen.

The long term impact is envisaged for scientific innovation in groundbreaking solar-technology, going beyond the conventional photoelectrochemical cabled asset, and readily exploitable for empowering the EU vision for “Smart Buildings as Micro-Energy Hubs” in the world.

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October 12 2023 The first progress meeting of PLANKT-ON will take place on October 12th in Rome, at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Details of the agenda can be found here. For all the participants: enjoy your stay in Rome at Hotel Ateneo Garden Palace at […]
October 13th We are thrilled to announce an exceptional lineup of keynote speakers renowned for their contributions to the field of molecular architectures and emerging materials for our next scientific symposium, Join us in Rome on October 13th hosted by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. VILLA FARNESINA […]
April 22 2023 LA MIGLIORE ENERGIA PER UN FUTURO MIGLIORE L’incontro affronta il tema urgente della sostenibilità delle risorse energetiche e dell’impatto sull’ambiente e sulla nostra vita, traendo ispirazione dalla Natura per comprendere, difendere e migliorare le nostre azioni e quello che ci è indispensabile: nutrimento, […]
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