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Kamil Woronowicz, Saquib Ahmed, Archana A. Biradar, Ankush V. Biradar, Dunbar P. Birnie, Tewodros Asefa and Robert A. Niederman Near-IR Absorbing Solar Cell Sensitized With Bacterial Photosynthetic Membranes Photochemistry and Photobiology 88

Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01190.x

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Owing to the current interest in natural photosynthesis as a blueprint for solar energy conversion, we have incorporated robust bacterial photosynthetic membrane vesicles into a dye-sensitized solar cell in place of the dye sensitizer, together with the biological electrolytes quinone and cytochrome c as redox mediators. This represents the fabrication of a self-contained biohybrid solar cell for the first time from a natural anoxygenic phototrophic system, capable of converting abundant near-IR solar radiation into a unidirectional flow of electrical current.

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