The Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) is focused on a basic science approach to understanding the process of light collection in natural, artificial, and hybrid antenna complexes. In order to attain a deep understanding of these systems, a wide variety of approaches will be utilized, ranging from synthetic methods that produce novel pigments that are then associated with de novo designed proteins to genetic engineering and manipulation of organisms. In most cases, advanced spectroscopic and structural methods will be used to probe these systems in new ways, as well as theoretical approaches that can ultimately be predictive and suggest new directions.
Detailed systems and approaches will be explored using the diverse expertise of the PARC partners. These efforts are designed to answer different aspects of the overarching question of what are the principles that underlie the function of photosynthetic antennas and how those principles be used can in turn to derive efficient sources of energy for human benefit.
Three programmatic themes join PARC, including natural, biohybrid, and biosinpired antennas, each encompassing multiple investigators with complementary experience.
Please click on any of the themes in the left-hand menu for an overview of the research.