Towards a Global Solar Fuels Project - Artificial Photosynthesis and the Transition from Anthropocene to Sustainocene

  title={Towards a Global Solar Fuels Project - Artificial Photosynthesis and the Transition from Anthropocene to Sustainocene},
  author={Thomas Faunce},
  journal={Sustainability \& Economics eJournal},
  • T. Faunce
  • Published 4 July 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability & Economics eJournal

Governing the Global Food System Towards the Sustainocene with Artificial Photosynthesis

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Towards Global Artificial Photosynthesis (Global Solar Fuels): Energy, Nanochemistry and Governance

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The social acceptance of artificial photosynthesis: towards a conceptual framework

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Nanotechnology and Military Attacks on Photosynthesis

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Electron Storage System Based on a Two-Way Inversion of Redox Potentials.

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On the Hypotactic Imperative for a Transition from the Anthropocene to the Sustainocene

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Photochemical conversion of solar energy.

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Artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels.

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Hydrogen nexus in a sustainable energy future

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The Biosphere, Health, and "Sustainability"

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Nature-driven photochemistry for catalytic solar hydrogen production: a Photosystem I-transition metal catalyst hybrid.

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Wireless Solar Water Splitting Using Silicon-Based Semiconductors and Earth-Abundant Catalysts

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In Situ Formation of an Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst in Neutral Water Containing Phosphate and Co2+

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