MIT Researchers Produce A Photosynthetic Leaf

Researchers at MIT have created the world’s first artificial leaf. No, this isn’t the type of fake leaf that sits in a vase with fake flowers. This leaf, Like a real leaf, converts water and sunlight into energy! Yes, mankind has successfully recreated photosynthesis!

Daniel Nocera, Ph.D is hopeful that this technology will provide affordable electricity in developing countries.

“A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades,” said Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. “We believe we have done it. The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes of the poor in developing countries. Our goal is to make each home its own power station,” he said. “One can envision villages in India and Africa not long from now purchasing an affordable basic power system based on this technology.”

The synthetic leaf creates electricity by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.  When placed in a gallon of water, it can create enough energy to power a home in a developing country for an entire day.

This man made leaf looks nothing like anything mother nature ever created.  It is about the size of a poker card and is made of silicon, electronics and catalysts.  See Below:

You can read more about this incredible technology here.

You can learn more about photosynthesis with this happy little ditty:

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