Photosynthetic Antenna Frontier Research Center (PARC)


Robert E. Blankenship

Lead Institution:

Washington University in St. Louis


To maximize photosynthetic antenna efficiency in living organisms and to fabricate robust micron-scale biohybrid light-harvesting systems to drive chemical processes or generate photocurrent.

Research Topics:

solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, charge transport, membrane, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: biological (DNA, protein), optoelectronic and metamaterial

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), mesoscale modeling, next generation optimization methods, high-throughput screening methods

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Consortium
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • Washington University in St. Louis

BES Staff Contact:

Robert Stack
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