Our goal is to learn how Nature exploits fundamental physical principles in the assembly and operation of light energy conversion systems, and to find ways to implement the same strategies in man-made solar fuels production systems by integrating natural and artificial components. The main research effort in our lab focuses on constructing simple and robust functional analogs of the natural photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes and reaction centers.
Many medium- to high-resolution structures of natural redox enzymes and photosynthetic protein complexes are a source of inspiration and an excellent starting point for new protein design. We collaborate with leading experts of protein computational design in order to implement our insights from the natural structures in state-of-the-art computational tools such as the protCAD, and Rosetta software packages.
Early in the course of evolution, living organisms have committed to ATP as the universal energy carrier, and to energy transducing membranes and proton motive force (PMF) for driving ATP production. Since human technology relies on electron motive force (EMF), this commitment has made adapting biological energy conversion systems to technological applications a very difficult challenge.
Dr. Dominika Bednarczyk
Dr. Oded Liran
Dr. Alonso Zavaleta Fernandez de Cordova
Dr. Vadivel Prabahar
Adnan Abu Ria