The findings led the researchers to propose that natural regulation of energy they found in the quantum heat engine photocell may play a critical role in the photosynthesis in plants, perhaps explaining the predominance of green plants on Earth.
Michael Grätzel is a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces there. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye-sensitized mesoscopic oxide films and pioneered studies of nanocrystalline semiconductor junctions and their use in photoelectrochemical cells for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. He is the author of over 800 publications, 2 books, and inventor of more than 50 patents. His work has been cited over 50 000 times. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Harvey Prize (Technion Israel), the Galvani Medal, the Faraday Medal, the Dutch Havinga Award, the Japan Coordination Chemistry Award, the ENI-Italgas Prize, the European Innovation Prize 2000, and the Gerischer Award. He was selected by the Scientific American as one of the 50 top researchers in the world. He received a doctor’s degree in Natural Science from the Technical University Berlin and honorary doctor’s degrees from the Universities of Hasselt (Belgium), Delft (The Netherlands), Uppsala (Sweden), and Turin (Italy). He is a member of the Swiss Chemical Society and the European Academy of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and was elected as a honorary member of the Société Vaudoise de Sciences Naturelles.
The Comparison of Photosynthesis and Solar Cells - …
As of yet few quantum physicists have actually written philosophical papers on the political implications of photochemical solar cells. While they remain in the laboratories, predictions have been set that within three to five years, they will become a more aesthetic approach to solar energy generation with the same, if not better conductivity levels as current photovoltaics. Basically, its high-tech competition.