Correa Wlodek and Matthew Oliwia

PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND BIDIRECTIONAL HYDROGENASE IN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION IN CYANOBACTERIA

Correa Wlodek and Matthew Oliwia, Grand Canyon University, Undergraduate Students

While traditional methods of hydrogen production are expensive and emit high levels of carbon dioxide, renewable bio-hydrogen production systems can be carbon neutral and less energy intensive. Photosynthetic species can use sunlight to produce molecular hydrogen by the bidirectional hydrogenase enzyme that can take electrons from the photosynthetic electron transport chain. The goal of this study is to explore photosynthetic potential of cyanobacteria as the source of energy for bioproduction of hydrogen.

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