Dr. Gary Hastings, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $400,000 federal grant to study solar energy conversion in photosynthesis.
The goal of this project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences, is to determine how plants and other organisms capture solar energy efficiently in photosynthesis. This information could be used to help scientists design more efficient artificial solar cells and allow humans to take better advantage of natural energy from the sun.
Hastings’ project will study photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, often called blue-green algae, using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.
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