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Scientists have long sought to mimic the process by which plants make their own fuel using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water through artificial photosynthesis devices, but how exactly substances called catalysts work to generate renewable fuel remains a mystery.
Now, a PNAS study led by Berkeley Lab—and supported by state-of-the-art materials characterization at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, powerful X-ray spectroscopy techniques at the Advanced Light Source, and superfast calculations performed at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center—has uncovered new insight into how to better control cobalt oxide, one of the most promising catalysts for artificial photosynthesis.
Molecules - Cobalt - Cubane
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