Bionic leaf selected as one of the “Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017”

The concept of coupling microbes with inorganic catalysts for artificial photosynthesis is recognized as one of the “Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017“. This was announced by the World Economic Forum recently in collaboration with Scientific American. Chong’s work published in Science, 2016 is highlighted in the detailed report from Scientific American. 

Now we fix nitrogen!

The “bionic leaf” device that Chong was developing in Prof. Dan Nocera’s lab at Harvard extends the range of molecules that it can handle. Beyond the efficient CO2-fixing device that was reported last year in Science, now we applied a diazotrophic bacterium to fix N2 and demonstrated the use of bio-fertilizer generated by electricity. This work is published online in PNAS this week, of which Chong and Kelsey are co-first authors.