Special Issue "Light-Harvesting Complexes"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Theoretical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pall Thordarson

School of Chemistry, The University of New South Wales, NSW 2052 Australia
Website: http://www.chemistry.unsw.edu.au/research/research-groups/thordarson-group
Phone: +621293854478
Fax: +61 2 9385 6141
Interests: nanomedicine (self-assembled gels for drug release, cancer cell targeting peptides, gels as 3D cell culture mimicking, AFM as a tool in drug discovery); biophysical and protein chemistry (light-activiated bioconjugates, proteins and polymer self-assembly, controlling protein self-assembly); supramolecular chemistry (supramolecular chemistry of peptides and proteins in water, non-linear interactons in supramolecular chemistry, the formation of self-assembled gels, bio-mimetic light-harvesting and donor-acceptor arrays, binding constants and statistical treatment of supramolecular binding data)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Light-harvesting, the capture, storage and concentration of photon energy, is the first step in photosynthesis as light energy is converted to chemical energy. This incredibly efficient process is carried out by a fascinating array of proteins and chromophores in nature. The structural and photophysical properties of these systems provide a rich source of important challenges for chemistry researchers. The synthesis of artificial light-harvesting complexes is of particular note in this context because synthetic bio-mimetic light-harvesting complexes have and will continue to help us understand how their natural counterparts work. Additionally, synthetic light-harvesting complexes could be used to form novel solar concentrators to enhance the cost-efficiency of current and future generations of solar cells and other photovoltaic devices. The special issue invites submission in any area related to light-harvesting complexes, ranging from, but not limited to, biophysical and photophysical investigations into light-harvesting in nature to reports on synthetic organic and inorganic light-harvesting complexes in one-, two- or three-dimensions formed by covalent or non-covalent chemistry.

Prof. Pall Thordarson
Guest Editor


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  • light-harvesting
  • biomimetics
  • chromophores
  • energy transfer
  • donor-acceptor systems

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p. 15224-15272
by , , ,  and
Molecules 2015, 20(8), 15224-15272; doi:10.3390/molecules200815224
Received: 22 June 2015 / Revised: 3 August 2015 / Accepted: 14 August 2015 / Published: 20 August 2015
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p. 12229-12249
Molecules 2015, 20(7), 12229-12249; doi:10.3390/molecules200712229
Received: 4 May 2015 / Revised: 16 June 2015 / Accepted: 17 June 2015 / Published: 3 July 2015
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p. 4635-4654
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Molecules 2015, 20(3), 4635-4654; doi:10.3390/molecules20034635
Received: 12 January 2015 / Revised: 4 March 2015 / Accepted: 4 March 2015 / Published: 13 March 2015
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