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Biosolar Hydrogen Production from Cyanobacteria

Donald Bryant
Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Pennsylvania State University

The Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (Dr. Walter Kozumbo, Program Administrator; G. Charles Dismukes, Princeton University, Principal Investigator) has established a Multiple University Research Initiative collaborative research project to develop the use of cyanobacteria and algae as cellular factories for renewable hydrogen fuel production from solar-driven water oxidation. In this lecture I will introduce the MURI team members and will discuss our efforts to understand when, why, and how cyanobacteria produce hydrogen. I will also discuss our efforts to modify the hydrogen-producing capabilities of model cyanobacteria through the application of chemical, physical and genetically engineered stresses.