Daniel Nocera

Daniel G. Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University and a leading scientist in the realm of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. The focus of his work has been to apply science to solving important societal problems — namely, providing energy for the world’s poorest people and cultivating sustainable energy supplies for the future. In that vein, he helped develop a potentially groundbreaking method for generating hydrogen from water using solar power, which is known as “artificial photosynthesis.” His “artificial leaf” — a device that mimics photosynthesis — is considered a milestone in the effort to create sustainable energy.