Harvesting solar energy via artificial photosynthesis
Maligaspe, Eranda (2010). Harvesting solar energy via artificial photosynthesis. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 147-148
Photosynthesis, the process of converting light energy into chemical energy, involves two major steps, absorption and transportation of light energy of appropriate wavelength by the antenna light harvesting molecules to the reaction center, and photoinduced electron transfer (PET) to generate charge separated entities by using the electronic excitation energy. Mimicking these functions using relatively simple synthetic molecules is of paramount importance since they can be directly used to build devices to convert light energy into electricity, like in photovoltaic devices and organic solar.
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Research completed at the Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences