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It’s been a work in progress for decades, but scientists are finally close to perfecting the “artificial leaf,” a device that can turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into clean-burning fuels. The technology — a merger of biology, physics, and engineering — may one day be an important weapon in the fight against climate change as well as a vital power source, especially in developing nations.

Several research teams have approached the problem. At the University of Central Florida, chemist Fernando Uribe-Romo has developed a synthetic crystalline molecule that can trap carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert the energy from sunlight into organic compounds that can be used as fuels.

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University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo, center, has found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material. UCF

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/can-bionic-leaf-solve-our-climate-energy-problems-n766031

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