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A (Green) Dream Realized

Inspired by the way leaves, algae and some bacteria absorb light and focus energy, researchers at the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands are harnessing solar energy to drive chemical reactions. The team, led by Timothy Noël, has developed a mini-reactor made of polymeric material that absorbs sunlight and converts it into a single color, which can then be directed towards reaction channels (similar to the veins of a leaf) (1). Raw chemical products are fed through the channels and the solar-derived energy facilitates the reaction necessary to create drug molecules.

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