Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis

 Leading the way to solar fuels


The Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis carries out integrated, basic research with the goal to produce fuel from solar energy and water. The Consortium was started in 1994 and is a bottom-up initiative by university-based scientists. We bring together leading Swedish research groups with broad multi-disciplinary expertise, spanning from molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry to organometallic and physical chemistry. The vision is to develop novel routes for hydrogen production from solar energy and water.  

Our aim is to use solar energy for fuel production. We have chosen to develop our project along two pathways: artificial photosynthesis and a photobiological approach to produce hydrogen and other fuels. Hydrogen is an environmentally friendly energy carrier that could replace fossil fuels. Only water is generated when hydrogen is either combusted or used in a fuel cell.

A core agenda in our consortium is that our groups of synthetic chemists will advance their field in targeted basic research. They design and synthesize complex multi-component molecules intended for light-driven water oxidation and hydrogen formation. These compounds are investigated using advanced spectroscopic techniques. The groups working in molecular biology focus on genetic and metabolic principles, and work with the same target. Findings from basic research in biochemistry are implemented together with synthetic biology tools to improve fuel producing photosynthetic microorganisms, that we use in bioreactors.

A unique  component in the consortium is the synergistic interactions between biologists, biochemists, biophysicists and physical chemists, all focusing on questions relevant for solar fuels. Our research group is principally located at Uppsala University, Sweden, with some groups at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Lund University.

This startpage was last updated May 5 2014