Light Harvesting in Photosynthesis

1st Edition

Roberta Croce, Rienk van Grondelle, Herbert van Amerongen, Ivo van Stokkum

CRC Press
Published February 1, 2018
Reference - 611 Pages - 121 Color & 91 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482218350 - CAT# K22143
Series: Foundations of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Features

  • Presents the fundamental principles, methods, and applications of the study of the molecular mechanisms of light harvesting in photosynthesis
  • Integrates expertise from biology, biochemistry, physics, and molecular biology
  • Addresses artificial photosynthesis and its potential impacts on building a sustainable bio-based economy
  • Covers the field broadly in terms of key concepts, properties, function, experimental and theoretical methods, and makes critical connections such as highlighting the role of quantum coherence in antenna systems and its use for directing energy flow in artificial photosynthetic systems engineered for high efficiency
  • Explains the physics of light harvesting, with detailed discussion of excitons, exciton transfer, the Forster equation, the Redfield model, quantum coherence, and electron transfer mechanisms

Summary

This landmark collective work introduces the physical, chemical, and biological principles underlying photosynthesis: light absorption, excitation energy transfer, and charge separation. It begins with an introduction to properties of various pigments, and the pigment proteins in plant, algae, and bacterial systems. It addresses the underlying physics of light harvesting and key spectroscopic methods, including data analysis. It discusses assembly of the natural system, its energy transfer properties, and regulatory mechanisms. It also addresses light-harvesting in artificial systems and the impact of photosynthesis on our environment. The chapter authors are amongst the field’s world recognized experts.

Chapters are divided into five main parts, the first focused on pigments, their properties and biosynthesis, and the second section looking at photosynthetic proteins, including light harvesting in higher plants, algae, cyanobacteria, and green bacteria. The third part turns to energy transfer and electron transport, discussing modeling approaches, quantum aspects, photoinduced electron transfer, and redox potential modulation, followed by a section on experimental spectroscopy in light harvesting research. The concluding final section includes chapters on artificial photosynthesis, with topics such as use of cyanobacteria and algae for sustainable energy production.

Robert Croce is Head of the Biophysics Group and full professor in biophysics of photosynthesis/energy at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Rienk van Grondelle is full professor at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Herbert van Amerongen is full professor of biophysics in the Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences at Wageningen University, where he is also director of the MicroSpectroscopy Research Facility.

Ivo van Stokkum is associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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