Molecular Resolution 3D Atlas of the Photosynthetic Machinery (2016–2019)
Photosynthesis drives the first step of all algae production processes by capturing solar energy and converting it to chemical energy (e.g. sustainable fuels, food and high value products). In excess, light can cause photodamage. Microalgae have evolved intricate photo-protection mechanisms that can dissipate (waste), up to 90% of the captured light energy. Fine tuning the light harvesting complexes can considerably increase efficiency. The project aims to produce an atomic resolution 3D-atlas of the photosynthetic machinery of single-cell green algae to guide the targeted engineering of high efficiency algae production cell lines and bio-inspired artificial solar fuel systems.