Giant Clams Inspire Penn Duo’s Alternative Energy Research

Natural selection in an extreme environment has gradually sculpted the giant clam into an exceedingly efficient farmer; it turns the fierce sunlight in its equatorial ocean home into algae, and those single-celled plants into food.

Two Penn (Professor Alison Sweeney in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Professor Shu Yang in the Department of Material Science & Engineering) the researchers are teaming up to unlock the secrets of this living greenhouse and use it as a blueprint for new materials that harvest solar energy or convert it to biofuel.

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