The science of energy harvesting materials is experiencing phenomenal growth and attracting huge interest. Exploiting recently acquired insights into the fundamental mechanisms and principles of photosynthesis, it is now possible to forge entirely new and distinctive molecular materials and devise artificial photosystems and applications far remote from conventional solar cell technology. In this comprehensive treatment of energy harvesting, a team of internationally acclaimed scientists at the forefront of the subject paint a state-of-the-art picture of modern energy harvesting materials science. Covering all aspects of the subject, ranging from natural plant and bacterial photosystems, through their biologically inspired synthetic analogs, to other photoactive molecular materials such as dendrimers, the book also establishes the theory and underlying principles across the full range of light harvesting systems. With an authoritative, comprehensive and well-referenced content, it will appeal to all students, researchers and technologists interested or involved in solar energy, photobiology and photoactive materials science.
* Physical Principles of Efficient Excitation Transfer in Light Harvesting (M K Sener & K Schulten) * Design and Synthesis of Light Energy Harvesting Proteins (D Noy et al.) * How Purple Bacteria Harvest Light Energy (C J Law et al.) * Regulation of Light Harvesting in Photosystem II of Plants, Green Algae and Cyanobacteria (N P A Huner et al.) * From Biological to Synthetic Light-Harvesting Materials -- The Elementary Steps (T Pullerits & V Sundstrom) * Controlling Excitation Energy and Electron Transfer by Tuning the Electronic Coupling (B Albinsson & J Martensson) * Energy Transfer and Trapping in Engineered Macromolecules (K P Ghiggino & T A Smith) * Dendrimer-Based Devices -- Antennae and Amplifiers (O Flomenbom et al.) * Energy Harvesting in Synthetic Dendritic Materials (G D D'Ambruoso & D V McGrath) * Fullerenes in Biomimetic Donor-Acceptor Networks (N Martin & & D M Guldi)