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Researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of California Riverside are working on technology to produce food without sunlight through artificial photosynthesis. The collaborative effort, reported June 23 in Nature Food, could be the one small step needed to enable a giant leap in reimagining how food can be produced on Earth, and maybe even in space.
The research effort led by Wang and Yan, with UD’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Xile Hu and Weiyan Ni of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), builds on work to move from proton exchange membrane fuel cells to hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells — research that has been underway in Yan’s lab for nearly 20 years.
Thanks to $1 million in Department of Energy funding, supplemented by another $250,000 in funding from the University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Kun (Kelvin) Fu and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Feng Jiao will spend the next three years working with students to find efficient and effective ways to use graphene particles from domestic coal wastes in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing.