It is a process to produce hydrogen fuel using biohybrid photoconversion systems which utilizing the interaction between synthetic polymers with photosynthetic plant proteins. Discovered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) promising hydrogen production process more efficient.
Researchers found that the light harvesting complex II (LHC-II) proteins showed its ability to self-assembly with polymer into a synthetic membrane structure to be able to produce hydrogen. They explained that the LHC-II proteins found in plants is function as solar collectors to support the process of photosynthesis in plants.
According to the researchers, LHC-II proteins also have the ability for electron transfer reactions. According to Hugh O'Neill from the lab's Center for Structural Molecular Biology, that the research is the first that they had found and it will provide further opportunities to know more about self-repair Mechanisms for the benefit of future solar conversion systems. The study has been published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.