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Title: Artificial vesicles with incorporated photosynthetic materials for potential solar energy conversion systems
Authors: Smit, JE
Grobler, AF
Karsten, AE
Sparrow, RW
Keywords: Artificial vesicles
Solar energy
Conversion systems
Fossil fuels
Photosynthetic material
UV-VIS spectrophotometer
Pheroid
Light harvesting complexes
SAIP 2009
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Citation: Smit, JE, Grobler, AF, Karsten, AE and Sparrow, RW. 2009. Artificial vesicles with incorporated photosynthetic materials for potential solar energy conversion systems. Annual South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) Conference, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Westville Campus), Durban, 7-10 July, 2009. pp 1
Abstract: Currently the primary source of energy for industrial and domestic use is based on fossil fuels. The supplies of these fuels are limited and are becoming depleted. Thus there is a search for alternative and more sustainable energy sources. One such source is solar energy, which has many advantages over fossil fuels. Thus research into harvesting, transferring, and converting light energy is of great significance. The most abundant and efficient light harvesting, energy transfer and transduction systems are found in nature with the process of photosynthesis. Previous work has shown that photosynthetic light harvesting material can be incorporated into artificial vesicles called Pheroid. In this study researchers are characterising the level of organisation of the incorporated light harvesting and energy transfer systems using steady state optical techniques such as absorption spectroscopy. The incorporation ratio of photosynthetic material, Pheroid has been investigated and preliminary results indicate that the loading capacity of the Pheroid differs depending on the photosynthetic membrane fractions used.
Description: Annual South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) Conference, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Westville Campus), Durban, 7-10 July, 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3533
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