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J Am Chem Soc. 2018 Feb 14;140(6):1978-1985. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b11135. Epub 2018 Feb 6.

Physical Biology of the Materials-Microorganism Interface.

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1
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University , Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States.
2
Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School , Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States.
3
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge , Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW, United Kingdom.
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California , Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
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Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University , Seoul 08826, South Korea.
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California , Los Angeles, California 90095, United States.
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Department of Chemistry, University of California , Berkeley, California 94720, United States.
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Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , Berkeley, California 94720, United States.

Abstract

Future solar-to-chemical production will rely upon a deep understanding of the material-microorganism interface. Hybrid technologies, which combine inorganic semiconductor light harvesters with biological catalysis to transform light, air, and water into chemicals, already demonstrate a wide product scope and energy efficiencies surpassing that of natural photosynthesis. But optimization to economic competitiveness and fundamental curiosity beg for answers to two basic questions: (1) how do materials transfer energy and charge to microorganisms, and (2) how do we design for bio- and chemocompatibility between these seemingly unnatural partners? This Perspective highlights the state-of-the-art and outlines future research paths to inform the cadre of spectroscopists, electrochemists, bioinorganic chemists, material scientists, and biologists who will ultimately solve these mysteries.

PMID:
29364661
DOI:
10.1021/jacs.7b11135
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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