Denkenberger Awarded NASA EPSCoR Grant

Denkenberger Awarded NASA EPSCoR Grant

David Denkenberger, a UAF assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a $20,000 grant for nonbiological synthesis of food.

The technology uses electricity to split water, creating hydrogen, which is then combined with carbon dioxide nonbiologically as a form of artificial photosynthesis.

This artificial photosynthesis would be advantageous for food production in space, on the moon or on Mars. It would also be useful in the event of a global catastrophe on Earth, such as abrupt climate change or asteroid impact.

The research initiation grant was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. For more information on the research, please contact Dave Denkenberger at


Dave Denkenberger was recently awarded a NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Grant. Photo by Amanda Byrd.