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Bio-inspired Solar Energy Utilization (BIOSOLENUTI)
Start date: May 1, 2009, End date: Oct 31, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"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 photoconversion 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, photoconversion, 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: (1) developing innovative architectures for coupling light-harvesting, photoredox, and catalytic components; (2) understanding the relationships between electronic communication and the molecular interactions responsible for self-assembly; and (3) 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. And this is the answer to the question “why this contribution requires a European (rather than a national or local) approach”. The acceptance of the BIOSOLENUTI will push our work-team to interact in a respectable and reciprocal way with other national or international research activities in this attracting research area."

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