Metro Pulse: UT Professor’s Biosolar Advances Make an Old Energy Source New Again
The biosolar energy work of Barry Bruce, associate professor biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, was featured in the Metro Pulse. “Bruce’s biochemistry pedigree stretches back nearly 40 years, and what may be his most important work—applied photosynthesis, and specifically the emerging field of biosolar energy—has been slowly taking shape in his mind for much of that. Having played an integral role in a series of advances that could soon make biosolar into a viable alternative energy source, Bruce’s demeanor may just be that of someone who is 10 moves ahead, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up,” writes reporter David Doyle. Bruce’s work harnesses the capabilities of a subcellular dynamo called photosystem-I, a protein complex integral to photosynthesis that, if utilized correctly, can take the place of much of the synthetic elements of traditional solar cells.