1st international conference on "Bioinspired Materials for Solar Energy Utilization", 12-17 september 2012, Chania, Crete, Greece

Department of Chemistry

Laboratory of
Bioinorganic Chemistry

  • Upgrading the RTD capacity and capability of Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry (LBIC), training of research staff, improvement of research management, scientific equipment as well as the quality of research for a bio-inspired solar energy utilization.

  • Improvement of the potential of the LBIC to participate in FP7 projects by a better integration in the European Research Area.

  • Molecular systems that mimic the photo conversion steps of photosynthesis have been synthesized using complex and costly sequences of chemical reactions. Yet, modular systems that avoid these difficulties by self-assembling into complete artificial photosynthetic systems remain largely unknown. The design and development of light-harvesting, photo conversion, and catalytic modules capable of self-ordering and self-assembling into an integrated functional unit will make it possible to realize an efficient artificial photosynthetic system for solar fuels production.

  • Achieving the goal of producing a functional integrated artificial photosynthetic system for efficient solar fuels production requires:
    • Developing innovative architectures for coupling light-harvesting, photoredox, and catalytic components;
    • Understanding the relationships between electronic communication and the molecular interactions responsible for self-assembly; and
    • Understanding and controlling the reactivity of hybrid molecular materials on many length scales.
  • In order to achieve a new contribution, the deep knowledge in details of the already mentioned by this multidisciplinary variety of impact is needed.