17. Metals, Microbes, and Solar Fuel

  1. Abhik Ghosh
  1. Harry B. Gray1 and
  2. John S. Magyar2

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch17

Letters to a Young Chemist

Letters to a Young Chemist

How to Cite

Gray, H. B. and Magyar, J. S. (2011) Metals, Microbes, and Solar Fuel, in Letters to a Young Chemist (ed A. Ghosh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York 10027 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470390436

Online ISBN: 9781118007099



  • metals, microbes, and solar fuel - how microorganisms acquire metals they need, challenge for bioinorganic chemists;
  • chlorophyll, the molecule giving green plants their color - used by plants to trap energy from sunlight and to transfer electrons through the cell;
  • Prochlorococcus, and one-fifth of global photosynthesis - modern tools of oceanography, genomics and analytical chemistry, and learning about marine phytoplankton


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Metals, Marine Microbes, and Climate

  • Biological Inspirations and Inorganic Chemistry

  • Further Reading