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Biophysics of Photosynthesis

Biophysics of Photosynthesis is an interdisciplinary research group investigating photosynthesis at a fundamental level but also having applications in view. We believe photosynthesis research can contribute to solutions for a sustainable society by delivering templates for solar energy utilization, improving plant growth and preserving ecosystems.

Our group extract the building principles of the light to energy conversion machinery in order to improve efficiency and to design artificial systems. We analyse the photosynthetic apparatus at different levels of complexity from single molecule to the whole organism, which can be a bacterial photosynthetic cell or a plant. The effort in photosynthesis is complemented by research into the conversion of light into a biological signal by photoreceptors. We exploit a large number of techniques varying from light spectroscopy, structural biology, electrochemistry, and genetics. Furthermore, advanced computer modelling of experimental data is applied.

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Feel free to contact us.

Prof. Dr. Roberta Croce: r.croce@vu.nl

Prof. Dr. John Kennis: j.kennis@vu.nl 

Dr. Ivo van Stokkum: i.stokkum@vu.nl

Dr. Raoul Frese: r.frese@vu.nl

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Physics and Astronomy
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam