How to replicate photosynthesis in the lab

The first step in biomimetics is to understand the phenomenon we are trying to replicate. Nature has devised a number nuanced ways to draw power from the sun, the most well-known being chloroplasts. Within the chloroplast are small disk-like structures called thylakoids surrounded by a fluid filled space called the stroma. Photosynthesis can be divided into two stages, light dependent reactions in the thylakoid and the light independent reactions which take place in the stroma. In most photoautotrophs, organisms that make their own food using sunlight and CO2, thylakoids capture energy from the sun using two types of photosynthetic reaction centers Photosystem I and Photosystem II.

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Our experiment had two replicates with one control in order to test whether or not blue light was the "best light" to yield maximum photosynthesis:
- Replicate #1: Blue ---> Red light after one week and then Red ---> Blue light for the last remaining week.
- Replicate #2: Red ---> Blue light after one week and then Blue ---> Red light for the last remaining week.

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Cyanobacteria and plants use photosynthesis to make their own fuel from nothing more than CO2, water, and the sun's rays. Artificial photosynthesis is therefore any process that attempts to mimic nature by chemically storing solar energy inside of a fuel. Artificial photosynthesis also includes any technologies that attempts to replicate any part of the photosynthetic process. The term is often used to describe a variety of technologies, including the photocatalytic splitting of water into hydrogen fuel and oxygen gas, the use of photosynthetic microorganisms for biofuels, or the complete biomimicry of the photosynthetic reaction process to create chemical fuels.

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