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Design and Synthesis of Artificial Photosynthetic Molecules to Mimic Aspects of Natural Photosynthetic Mechanisms


Abstract Natural photosynthesis features a complex biophysical/chemical process that requires sunlight to produce energy rich products. It is one of the most important processes responsible for the appearance and sustainability of life on earth. The first part of the thesis focuses on understanding the mechanisms involved in regulation of light harvesting, which is necessary to balance the absorption and utilization of light energy and in that way reduce the effect caused by photooxidative damage. In photosynthesis, carotenoids are responsible not only for collection of light, but also play a major role in protecting the photosynthetic system. To investigate the role of carotenoids in the quenching of the excited state of cyclic tetrapyrroles, two s... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Pillai, Smitha Thulasi (Author) / Moore, Ana (Advisor) / Moore, Thomas (Committee member) / Gould, Ian (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemistry / Carotenoids / Nanoparticles / Photo protection / Photosynthesis / Water Oxidation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 307 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Chemistry 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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