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Title: SOLAR ENERGY HARVESTING WITH PHOTOSYNTHETIC PIGMENT-PROTEIN COMPLEXES
Authors: SAI KISHORE RAVI
Keywords: Bio-Hybrid Devices, Photosynthetic Proteins, Bio-Photovoltaics, Bio-Photoelectrochemical Cells, Solar Energy Harvesting, Applied Photosynthesis
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2018
Citation: SAI KISHORE RAVI (2018-07-31). SOLAR ENERGY HARVESTING WITH PHOTOSYNTHETIC PIGMENT-PROTEIN COMPLEXES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Photosynthesis, a process by which plants and algae convert solar energy, water, and carbon dioxide into biomass, is a key player that sustains nearly every form of life on earth. Central to this process are the photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes that transduce sunlight into biologically useful forms of energy through a photochemical charge separation that has a quantum efficiency close to 100%. Integrating these natural pigment-protein complexes in bio-hybrid architectures for solar energy harvesting is attractive due to their global abundance and environmental compatibility. Despite the ability of the protein complexes to achieve near-unity quantum efficiency in their native environments, achieving a similar performance by integrating them in device environments, without losing their integrity, has been challenging. In this thesis, photosynthetic bio-hybrid devices of different architectures are presented with new approaches to achieve enhanced photocurrent and photovoltage generation from the natural pigment-protein complexes.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/148703
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