Our aim is to understand the molecular bases of the light reactions of photosynthesis to extract the building principles of the light to energy conversion machinery and to use them to improve photosynthesis efficiency and guide the design of artificial systems. We analyze the photosynthetic apparatus at different levels of complexity from a single molecule to the whole organism, which can be a bacterial photosynthetic cell or a plant. We exploit a large number of techniques varying from ultrafast spectroscopies, plant physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. These experimental approaches are integrated with theoretical modeling and molecular dynamics simulations.
Projects for Master students
Several projects for Master students with background in physics, chemistry and biology are available in the group. If you are interested please contact: Roberta Croce (email@example.com)