Single Molecules Act as Solar Cells
NIMA team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth and Alexander Holleitner, all from Technische Universitaet Muenchen Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM, and Itai Carmeli, from Tel Aviv Univ., developed a method to measure photocurrents of a single functionalized photosynthetic protein system. The scientists demonstrate that such a system can be integrated and selectively addressed in artificial photovoltaic device architectures while retaining their biomolecular functional properties. The proteins represent light-driven, highly efficient single-molecule electron pumps that can act as current generators in nanoscale electric circuits.
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