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November 2016

Spectroscopic elucidation of energy transfer in hybrid inorganic–biological organisms


Scientific Achievement

Two pathways facilitate electron and light energy transfer from semiconductor to bacterium as concluded using time-resolved spectroscopy and biochemical analysis.

Significance and Impact

This work represents a promising platform to utilize conventional spectroscopic methodology to extract insights from more complex biotic–abiotic hybrid systems.

Research Details


N. Kornienko, K. K. Sakimoto, D. M. Herlihy, S. C. Nguyen, A. P. Alivisatos, C. B. Harris, A. M. Schwartzberg, P. Yang, PNAS, 113(42) 11750 (2016)