To help with this problem, Harvard students looked into the Bionic Leaf. It was previously meddled with, but it was not up to its full potential. The original model previously created took water and split it into hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Microbes in the system then used the hydrogen to turn CO2 into alcohol that can in turn be burned as fuel. The students added a new catalyst found between cobalt and phosphorus and improved the system by 10%. Not only does this help with the scarcity of fuel, but it can also help eliminate the amount of CO2 in the environment .
This article reminded me of the photosynthesis unit in biology. Alcohol is a big part of fuel, as it is the main reason of ethanol formation. I do question the final product, and how it will fit into cities and towns. I also wonder how expensive it will be. The article stated that it was good for communities that "lack access to modern technologies." Could this be too expensive for them? Overall, it seems like a wonderful idea that could help many people worldwide.
Works Cited: D. Biello. (2016, August 1). New "Bionic" Leaf is Roughly Ten Times More Efficient Than Natural Photosynthesis. [Online]. Available: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-bionic-leaf-is-roughly-10-times-more-efficient-than-natural-photosynthesis/