How green is green chemistry? Chlorophylls as a bioresource from biorefineries and their commercial potential in medicine and photovoltaics

  • Aoife A. Ryan, Mathias O. Senge
  • Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, January 2015, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1039/c4pp00435c

Chlorophylls and green chemistry

What is it about?

An overview on all the things you can do with chlorophylls. As light-activated pigments in photosynthesis they are natural candidates for biomimetic photosynthesis, aka solar energy conversion and dye sensitized solar cells. They also have potential as drugs in photodynamic therapy (anti-cancer, dermatology, anti-microbial). As chemically "complicated" molecules the possibilities and problems in isolating them from biorefineries are discussed.

Why is it important?

Without sun and photosynthesis there would be no life on earth. To sustain life in modern societies the long term energy and materials needs can only be provided by sustainable processes, e.g. solar energy, and natural resources, e.g., renewable materials from biorefineries.

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