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Biohybrid catalysis

Pushing hybrids to the limits

Photosynthetic semiconductor biohybrids represent a viable approach to solar-to-chemical production but it remains challenging to tap their full potential. Now, a microbe–quantum dot hybrid has been developed for simultaneous fixation of CO2 and N2 with internal quantum efficiencies approaching the theoretical limits.

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Fig. 1: Maximizing light-driven CO2 and N2 fixation in biological–material hybrids.


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Zhang, J., Liu, L. & Chen, X. Pushing hybrids to the limits. Nat Catal 5, 975–976 (2022).

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