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Rewiring photosynthetic electron transport chains for solar energy conversion

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Peer-reviewed

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Abstract

Photosynthetic organisms have evolved versatile electron transport chains capable of the efficient conversion of solar energy into chemical energy. Researchers can engineer these electron transport pathways to drive new-to-nature processes in a class of systems we term “rewired photosynthetic electron transport chains” (R-PETCs). R-PETCs can be used for the light-driven production of electricity or chemicals and exhibit numerous advantages over the synthetic systems widely used for these applications, including enhanced stability, versatility, and sustainability. In this review we summarise the current state of R-PETC research, highlighting major advances alongside outstanding research problems. We also provide descriptions of R-PETC development, outlining the different classes of R- PETCs, the research tools used in their construction, and the key design considerations important for achieving high-performances. Finally, we identify future avenues for R-PETC research which we expect will enhance performances sufficiently to make these systems suitable for a variety of real-world applications.

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40 Engineering, 34 Chemical Sciences, 3406 Physical Chemistry, 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

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Nature Reviews Bioengineering

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2731-6092
2731-6092

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Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/M011194/1)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/R011923/1)