Artificial Photosynthesis: Volume 79

Artificial Photosynthesis: Volume 79

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Artificial Photosynthesis, the latest edition in the Advances in Botanical Research series, which publishes in-depth and up-to-date reviews on a wide range of topics in the plant sciences features several reviews by recognized experts on all aspects of plant genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and ecology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 400g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128032898
  • 9780128032893

Table of contents


An Illustrative History of Artificial Photosynthesis
D. Gust

`Direct Conversion': Artificial Photosynthesis with Cyanobacteria
Q. Chen, D. Montesarchio and K.J. Hellingwerf

Bioinspired Photocatalysis
A. Aukauloo and W. Leibl

Artificial Photosynthesis - An Inorganic Approach
S. Fiechter

Artificial Photosynthesis: Theoretical Background
D. Abramavicius and L. Valkunas

Resolving Energy and Electron Transfer Processes in Dyads with the Help of Global and Target Analysis
I.H.M. van Stokkum, J. Ravensbergen, J.J. Snellenburg, R.v. Grondelle, S. Pillai, T.A. Moore, D. Gust, A.L. Moore and J.T.M. Kennis

European and International Initiatives in the Field of Artificial Photosynthesis

V. Artero, F. Chandezon, D.T. Co and B. Dietzek
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About Bruno Robert

After a Master in Theoritical Physics, I joined the photosynthesis group of the Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay in December 1982 to perform a PhD in biophysics. My interests have since focused on the proteins involved in the capture of the solar photons and in the conversion of the resulting excitation energy into stable potential chemical energy during the primary steps of photosynthesis. My main activity has concerned the development of spectroscopic methods to unravel the molecular parameters which underlie the different aspects of this process. This work has conducted to the quantification of the different parameters responsible for the tuning of the absorption and stability of the light-harvesting bacteriochlorophyll molecules in antennae proteins from purple bacteria, and of the redox potential of the primary electron donor in bacterial reaction centers. In the last decade, I got involved in the study of the mechanisms of regulation of light energy collection in plants and algae. In the presence of excess illumination, energy traps quickly (in seconds) appear in their photosynthetic membranes to de-activate the excess excitation energy into heat. Since 2005, using ultrafast time-resolved absorption and vibrational spectroscopic methods, we proposed to explain this mechanism the molecular switch model, in which the pH gradient induced by photosynthetic activity triggers a conformational change of the light-harvesting protein, which open a de-excitation channel involving the silent lower energy excited state of a carotenoid molecule.
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