Bioinspired design of solar biotechnology systems

Addressing our sustainability challenges with solar powered bio-technologies.

“Our world is rapidly exceeding a series of planetary sustainability boundaries. Our focus is on developing solar powered bio-technologies to provide competitive sustainable solutions to address these challenges.“

The photosynthetic machinery of plants including single cell green algae (microalgae) have evolved over 3 billion years. These intricate nano-machines together form the biological interface that taps into the huge energy resource of the sun and provide a wealth of information to enable design of high-efficiency solar driven microalgae biotechnologies and artificial bioinspired systems.

Plants and microalgae use the captured solar energy to power the production of atmospheric oxygen and biomass which provides, food, fuel and a wide range of biomolecules, that collectively support life on Earth.

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Prof Ben Hankamer

Professor Ben Hankamer

Group Leader, Chemistry and Structural Biology Division
Director, Centre for Solar Biotechnology

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    Institute for Molecular Bioscience