Overcoming scientific and public policy challenges
Professor Thomas Faunce presents a public lecture, Global artificial photosynthesis for a sustainable world: Overcoming scientific and public policy challenges, at The Australian National University.
For three billion years the photosynthetic process has powered the sustainability of life on earth. Nanotechnology and molecular approaches by many large nationally-funded research groups are now on the threshold of producing practical devices that not only improve the efficiency of the photosynthetic process, but allow it to be engineered into every human structure.
Such technology will assist our buildings, roads and vehicles to generate hydrogen by using sunlight to split water as well as reduce carbon dioxide. This permits humanity to develop public policy supporting a billion-year Sustaincoene epoch characterised by our stewardship over the biosphere and decentralised modes of governance.
Achieving such goals requires innovative approaches to distinct scientific and policy challenges, including not only light harvesting, electron transport and catalysis, but those related to international trade and investment law, such as whether photosynthesis should be considered 'common heritage of humanity' under international law.