4-8 July 2016
Kramer Law building
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Biological photovoltaic building blocks for solar energy harvesting

Presented by Prof. Raoul FRESE on 4 Jul 2016 from 09:00 to 10:00
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track F - Applied Physics

Abstract

The harvesting of solar energy in photosynthesis is dependent upon an interconnected macromolecular network of membrane associated chlorophyll-protein complexes. In the past decade my workgroup and others have elucidated the structure and functioning of these networks to great detail. Here I will briefly discuss our efforts in high resolution AFM imaging of native membranes and the models derived from light spectroscopy. In the second part I will discuss our recent efforts in applying and mimicking the natural assemblies in hybrid biosolar cells, photosynthesis based electrodes as components for sensors, photovoltaics and, possibly, photofuels. If time allows, I end with our recently designed algae powered robot which showcases the possibilities and won the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival New Face Award.

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Location: Kramer Law building
Address: UCT Middle Campus Cape Town
Room: LT3


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