Department of 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.