Niederman, Robert A


 

Robert A. Niederman
Professor
Rutgers University
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Nelson Hall, A317
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(848) 445-3985
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Structure, function, assembly and applications of photosynthetic membranes

1. Structural and functional proteomics of bacterial photosynthetic membrane development – integration of proteomics with developmental structural changes as viewed at molecular resolution by atomic force microscopy and with assessments of developing functional activities and alterations in membrane dynamics using a variety of informative and rapid spectroscopic probes.

2. Development of biohybrid electrophotochemical cells using bacterial photosynthetic membranes in the photoconversion of abundant near-IR radiation to useful currents. Bacterial photosynthetic membranes are functionally interfaced to gold conducting supports for the capture and conversion of solar energy. Modified dye-sensitized solar cells are also constructed in which the conventional dyes are replaced by bacterial photosynthetic membranes, resulting in the photoconversion of near-IR radiation.