Photosynthesis to the rescue

Photosynthesis to the rescue

Photosynthesis to the rescue

event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 1.30pm - 2.30pm BST
Past event
Past event
event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 1.30pm - 2.30pm BST
  • Photosynthesis
How plants and microbes can be used in renewable energy generation
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Science and technology
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How do plants generate their own food from just sunlight, air and water? Can scientists copy what plants are doing to generate clean and renewable energy for our planet? This talk will answer these age old questions by reflecting on how far we have come in understanding the miraculous process that is photosynthesis, how this process is sustaining 99% of life on Earth as we know it, and how scientists are now trying to re-wire photosynthesis to generate renewable energy for a cleaner future.


Dr Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang

Jenny completed her PhD in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Sydney, Australia, with a brief stint at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow at the University of Cambridge she explored how biocatalysts can be exploited to generate solar fuels, in an emerging field known as semi-artificial photosynthesis. Here in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, Jenny has continued and expanded this research, and in November 2023 was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant to develop an exciting new approach for accelerating synergistic interactions between biological and non-biological materials. She has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in Materials Chemistry in a post jointly funded by Newnham College.

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.

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