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Gregory Scholes, Dept. of Chemistry

Research area:

Solar energy

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Learning from Nature


Photosynthetic organisms have evolved remarkable machinery for capturing energy from sunlight. Numerous highly absorptive molecules, bound onto a protein scaffold, capture sunlight and funnel that energy to power reaction centers—specialized biological solar cells. While reaction center architecture is basically conserved across a multiplicity of photosynthetic species, light-harvesting antennae exhibit remarkable diversity as well as the ability to adapt to local light conditions and to regulate the operation of reaction centers. Studying aspects of this process, such as the way light-harvesting works, provides insights for new paradigms in organic solar cell research.

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