Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150103137 [ 2015-09-30 - 2018-09-29 ]

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Researchers: Prof Elmars Krausz (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Jeffrey Reimers (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Arvi Freiberg (Partner Investigator)

Brief description The role of low-energy excited states in solar-energy capture. This project aims to determine the nature and role of the lowest-energy excited states in most natural photosynthetic reaction centres and light-harvesting complexes. The lowest-energy states of bacterial reaction centres are critical to function and are used as a paradigm in artificial organic solar-energy capture, but for most photosystems their nature remains unknown. The project aims to answer the critical question of why they do not actually prevent function. It is expected that both the outcomes obtained and techniques developed will be directly relevant to solar-energy device design. The project will apply five existing, complimentary and purposely built spectrometers as well as quantum electronic and nuclear simulation techniques to identify and characterise three key systems.

Funding Amount $394,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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