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Joya, K. S. (2015). Molecular catalysts and organometallics for water oxidation;  Organometallics and Related Molecules for Energy Conversion (Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology Series), Springer, 2015,. Leiden University.
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This book presents a critical perspective of the applications of organometallic compounds (including those with metal or metalloid elements) and other related metal complexes as versatile functional materials in the transformation of light into electricity (solar energy conversion) and electricity into light (light generation in light emitting diode), in the reduction of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals, as well as in the safe and efficient production and utilization of hydrogen, which serves as an energy storage medium (i.e. energy carrier).
This book focuses on recent research developments in these emerging areas, with an emphasis on fundamental concepts and current applications of functional organometallic complexes and related metal-based molecules for energy research. With contributions from front-line researchers in the field from academia and industry, this timely book provides a valuable contribution to the scientific community in the field of energy science related to metal-based molecular materials.

Alphen van, P and Klaas J. Hellingwerf (2014). Harvesting sunlight with cyanobacteria and algae for sustainable production in a bio-based economy. In: “Algae for a bio-based society” (R. van Grondelle and R.E. Croce, eds), Ch 28, Taylor & Francis, New York (USA).

Amerongen, H. van (2014). Are Chlorophyll-Carotenoid Interactions Responsible for Rapidly Reversible Non-Photochemical Fluorescence Quenching? Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration Including Bioenergy and Related Processes. b. Demmig-Adams, g. Garab, W. Adams III and Govindjee, Eds. 40: 333-342. view chapter >

Harnessing the sun’s energy via photosynthesis is at the core of sustainable production of food, fuel, and materials by plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. Photosynthesis depends on photoprotection against intense sunlight, starting with the safe removal of excess excitation energy from the light-harvesting system, which can be quickly and non-destructively assessed via non-photochemical quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence (NPQ). By placing NPQ into the context of whole-organism function, this book aims to contribute towards identification of plant and algal lines with superior stress resistance and productivity. By addressing agreements and open questions concerning photoprotection’s molecular mechanisms, this book contributes towards development of artificial photosynthetic systems. A comprehensive picture –from single molecules to organisms in ecosystems, and from leading expert’s views to practical information for non-specialists on NPQ measurement and terminology – is presented.

Groot, H. de (2014). The Artificial Leaf; The quest to outsmart nature. Renewables and more, uitgave ter gelegenheid van 100 jaar Shell Research, juni 2014, Oxford University Press. view in iBooks >

In The Colours of Energy – Essays on the Future of Energy in Society, leading energy thinkers explore the future of energy in society. In 36 provoking and inspiring essays, they question established truths and chart possible paths towards a more sustainable future. They share their insights on how to provide energy to an increasingly affluent and growing world population within the boundaries of our planet.
The 55 authors are thought leaders in industry, government and academia. Their thinking covers the full range of the issues related to energy transitions. Subjects are as varied as geopolitics, mobility, biomass, geologic climate records, nuclear energy and the ethics of oil recovery.

Schuurmans, M.R., H.C.P. Matthijs, L.J. Stal and K.J. Hellingwerf (2014). Cyanobacterial cellulose synthesis in the light of the ‘photanol concept’, in: “CYANOBACTERIA: AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE”. (Naveen K Sharma, AK Rai, and Lucas J Stal, editors), Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK, Ch 11, pp. 181-195. view chapter >

The detailed knowledge already available about cellulose synthases and their regulation, plus emerging insights into the process of cellulose secretion in cyanobacteria make cellulose an attractive polymer for the application of the photanol concept in an economically viable production process. By varying the total complement of antenna pigments, the penetration depth of sunlight into a photo-bioreactor, and thereby the relative fraction of photosynthetically productive cells in it, can be increased. One way to circumvent downstream processing problems is to synthesize a volatile or insoluble product, allowing phase separation. Another way out of the high costs of product recovery from dilute solutions may be found in the coupling of processes, so that the dilute solar biofuel product is converted by a high-affinity biological process into a secondary product in a (photo) chemical conversion in which product separation can be based on phase separation.

Geerts, R. J. (2012). Do algae have moral standing? On exploitation, ethical extension, and climate change mitigation. Climate Change and sustainable development - ethical perspectives on land use and food production. S. Meisch & T. Potthast, Ed.  Wageningen, Wageningen Academic Publishers.: pp. 160-165. view chapter >

Climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food. Global food production is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time it is among the sectors worst affected by climate change. This book brings together a multidisciplinary group of authors exploring the ethical dimensions of climate change and food. Conceptual clarifications provide a necessary basis for putting sustainable development into practice. Adaptation and mitigation demand altering both agricultural and consumption practices. Intensive vs. extensive production is reassessed with regard to animal welfare, efficiency and environmental implications. Property rights play an ever-increasing role, as do shifting land-use practices, agro-energy, biotechnology, food policy to green consumerism. And, last but not least, tools are suggested for teaching agricultural and food ethics. Notwithstanding the plurality of ethical analyses and their outcome, it becomes apparent that governance of agri-food is faced by new needs and new approaches of bringing in the value dimension much more explicitly. This book is intended to serve as a stimulating collection that will contribute to the debate and reflection on the sustainable future of agriculture and food production in the face of global change.

Joya, K. S. and H. J. M. De Groot (2011). Efficient water splitting by single site ruthenium catalyst. Proceedings 4th European Conference on Chemistry and Life Sciences.


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