Solar Energy Conversion - Natural to Artificial

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Abstract

Photosynthesis is the process by which energy of light is converted into chemical energy by plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria. For this, highly specialized pigment-proteins have evolved that capture the light and transform the short-lived excited states of pigment molecules into a stable transmembrane potential. By close scrutiny of organization and processes of the photosynthetic pigment systems a number of "design principles" can be recognized. By combining knowledge about structure and light converting energy and electron transfer processes, we can identify the most important features for efficient photosynthetic solar energy conversion. We will also consider two types of nanostructured materials used for solar cell applications and identify conceptual similarities and differences compared to the natural systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiophotonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation
PublisherSpringer
Pages219-236
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-9976-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventConference on the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Bio-Photonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation - Erice, ITALY
Duration: 2009 Jul 22009 Jul 17

Publication series

Name
ISSN (Print)1871-465X

Conference

ConferenceConference on the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Bio-Photonics: Spectroscopy, Imaging, Sensing, and Manipulation
Period2009/07/022009/07/17

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The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

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