Supramolecular self-assembly of chlorins in an aerosolized droplet to synthesize biomimetic antennas

Vivek B. Shah, Pratim Biswas

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Natural light harvesting organisms have evolved to harvest sunlight efficiently. Green sulfur bacteria, which contain chlorosomes, can survive in extremely low light conditions mainly because of efficient light absorption and transfer of energy, facilitated by the assembled dye molecules. Due to these reasons, chlorosomes have been used in dye sensitized solar cells to improve the light absorption and performance. The chlorosome absorption spectrum is fixed and their size is dependent on the organism. Various solution-based techniques have been developed for synthesizing mimics by supramolecular self-assembly. However, controlling the size of agglomerates and their subsequent deposition on surfaces to fabricate a device is difficult. In this work, a one-step aerosol-based self-assembly technique has been developed for the first time, to assemble and deposit chlorin (Bacteria chlorophyll mimics) agglomerates. A shift in absorption spectra of 79 nm which is comparable to the natural system was obtained. The analysis shows that kinetics of nucleation play an important role in assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrom Molecules to Materials
Subtitle of host publicationPathways to Artificial Photosynthesis
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781632661272
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 1 2013Apr 5 2013

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2013 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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