Prof. Rienk van Grondelle
Department of Biophysics, VU University (Amsterdam)
Conference room Querzoli - LENS - via Nello Carrara 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)
Towards physical-chemical analogs of the photosynthetic systems inspired by natural mechanisms of excitation energy transfer and charge separation.
The success of photosynthesis relies on two ultrafast processes: excitation energy transfer in the light-harvesting antenna followed by charge separation in the reaction center. Both processes occur with a quantum efficiency close to one, the natural system is highly adaptable, and self-protected. Crystal structure of a variety of light-harvesting complexes have become available over the last 15 years and many have been studied in great detail using ultrafast lasers and other advanced spectroscopic techniques.
In this talk I will illustrate which design lessons we have learned from nature that could inspire engineers to improve photosynthesis or in the construction of physical-chemical analogs.[video=720 540]20121005_van-grondelle[/video]
Klein colloquium by Dr. Hao Zeng: "Towards micro-robotics with light".
For further informations, please contact Dr. Mariangela Di Donato.
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