The 12th "Advanced Microbiology Seminar Series" of 2024 Held at the Institute of Microbiology

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On May 7th, 2024, the 12th edition of the "Advanced Microbiology Seminar Series" held in the IMCAS. The seminar was hosted by Professor ZHANG Yanping, from the Department of Microbial Physiological & Metabolic Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources.

The seminar featured academic presentations by Professor Franco M. Cabrerizo, a member of the TWAS-LACREP Executive Council, Chair of the TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN), and a PIFI fellow (CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative) from the National University of San Martín in Argentina. Professor Wolfgang R. Hess, from the University of Freiburg in Germany, and Professor Tao HE, from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of CAS, were also invited to deliver academic lectures and engage in discussions with scientists and students in attendance.

Professor Franco M. Cabrerizo delivered a presentation title "Synergistic Advances in Solar Energy Conversion and Environmental Remediation", where he highlighted the use of natural pigments to enhance the efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs). Through in-depth electrochemical and spectroscopic property analysis, he explored their potential for improving DSSC performance. He further introduced the development of dual-function photoelectrolytic cells, achieving a synergistic effect between solar energy conversion and environmental restoration.

Professor Wolfgang R. Hess presented the academic report "Systematic analyses of cyanobacteria identify novel factors that control the primary metabolism, energy conversion and CO2 fixation." His team systematically studied the molecular regulation mechanisms of photosynthetic carbon assimilation in cyanobacteria under various conditions.

Professor Tao HE shared his team's research progress on "Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 into Solar Fuels over Nanocatalysts", discussing the development of semiconductor nanocatalysts that utilize sunlight to drive the fixation and conversion of CO2.