A DNA-directed light-harvesting/reaction center system

Palash K. Dutta, Symon Levenberg, Andrey Loskutov, Daniel Jun, Rafael Saer, J. Thomas Beatty, Su Lin, Yan Liu, Neal Woodbury, Hao Yan

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A structurally and compositionally well-defined and spectrally tunable artificial light-harvesting system has been constructed in which multiple organic dyes attached to a three-arm-DNA nanostructure serve as an antenna conjugated to a photosynthetic reaction center isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1. The light energy absorbed by the dye molecules is transferred to the reaction center, where charge separation takes place. The average number of DNA three-arm junctions per reaction center was tuned from 0.75 to 2.35. This DNA-templated multichromophore system serves as a modular light-harvesting antenna that is capable of being optimized for its spectral properties, energy transfer efficiency, and photostability, allowing one to adjust both the size and spectrum of the resulting structures. This may serve as a useful test bed for developing nanostructured photonic systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16618-16625
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 26 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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