Photosynthetic Protein-Based Photovoltaics

1st Edition

Swee Ching Tan

CRC Press
Published September 17, 2018
Reference - 239 Pages - 66 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498724890 - CAT# K25749

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Ever since the discovery of the photoelectric effect, researchers have been trying to improve the efficiency of converting sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic devices. Photosynthetic organisms provide clues for harvesting sunlight and storing the energy in chemical forms. This book offers a concise overview of the fundamental concepts of photosynthesis and the emerging photovoltaic technologies, casting light on the symbiotic relation between these spheres of science.

Although there are many books about the fundamentals of photosynthesis and the various aspects of the photosynthetic processes, this is the first volume to focus on the prospects of studying the photosynthetic proteins, understanding and applying their properties to design prospective solar energy conversion devices that are sustainable and efficient. All in all, the book aims to bring together the present know-how on organic photovoltaics and dye-sensitized solar cells with that of the emerging bio-photovoltaics and the underlying physics of photosynthesis to foster a more eclectic research that would converge towards a sustainable energy technology for the future.

The book mainly serves as a bridge to connect biochemists, who study photosynthetic proteins, and physicists and engineers who design and develop photovoltaic devices. Scientists, engineers and students in the fields of photosynthetic research and solar energy research can use this book as a ready reference.


Key selling features:

  • Covers both methods and bio-based materials needed to build bio-based photovoltaics
  • Focuses on both techniques and applications
  • Summarizes the advantages and limitations of various techniques
  • Contributors from multiple disciplines integrate the knowledge of photosynthetic proteins and the physics/engineering of photovoltaic devices.
  • Includes adaptive designs and techniques used in other types of solar cells to for the design of protein-based PVs


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