Robert A. Niederman
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Nelson Hall, A317
Piscataway, NJ 08854
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.