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Design and Synthesis of Organic Molecular Models of Artificial Photosynthetic Reaction Center

Abstract A clean and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels is solar energy. For efficient use of solar energy to be realized, artificial systems that can effectively capture and convert sunlight into a usable form of energy have to be developed. In natural photosynthesis, antenna chlorophylls and carotenoids capture sunlight and transfer the resulting excitation energy to the photosynthetic reaction center (PRC). Small reorganization energy, λ and well-balanced electronic coupling between donors and acceptors in the PRC favor formation of a highly efficient charge-separated (CS) state. By covalently linking electron/energy donors to acceptors, organic molecular dyads and triads that mimic natural photosynthesis were synthesized and studie... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Arero, Jaro (Author) / Gust, Devens (Advisor) / Moore, Ana (Committee member) / Gould, Ian (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemistry / Organic chemistry / Alternative energy / bacteriopurpurin / carotenes / fullerenes / photosynthesis / phthalocyanines / porphyrins
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 150 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Chemistry 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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