Section of Chemistry : Dept. of Photo Chemistry & Molecular Science :
: Molecular Biomimetics : SOLAR-H
Uppsala universitet
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Molecular Biomimetics


Funded under the New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), SOLAR-H brings together world-leading laboratories to carry out integrated, basic research on the common goal of hydrogen production from renewable resources. In the SOLAR-H programme, experts from five EU countries and Switzerland, work towards this goal in research fields ranging from genetics and molecular biology to biophysics and organo-metallic and physical chemistry.

The vision is to develop novel, as yet unproven or even non-existing routes for H2 production from solar energy and water. In a unique effort, this project integrates, for the first time, two frontline topics - artificial photosynthesis in man-made chemical systems, and photo-biological H2 production using living organisms. Hydrogen production by these methods is still a long way off, but it has a vast potential and is of utmost importance for the energy-dependent European economy.

Goals for research on natural photosynthesis and photobiological hydrogen production:

(1) Demonstration of functional H2 producing bioreactors using the first deliberately improved green algae or cyanobacteria.

(2) Improving our molecular understanding of the natural processes aiming towards a sustainable production of H2 in cyanobacteria or green algae.

Goals for research on artificial photosynthesis and artificial photo-hydrogen production:

(1) Synthesis of the first bio-mimetic manganese complexes linked to ruthenium able to perform photochemical water splitting, mimicking the water oxidation process in natural photosynthesis.

(2) Synthesis of the first bio-mimetic iron compounds able to catalytically produce H2 driven by light energy, mimicking natural hydrogenases.


Information brochure on SOLAR-H from the european commission

The EU NEST webpage

Some pictures first scientific discussion meeting can be found here.

Further information

For further information, contact

Prof. Stenbjörn Styring, Molecular Biomimetics
Uppsala University
Villavägen 6
S-752 36 Uppsala
Tel: +46 18 471 6580
Fax: +46 18 471 2826