Self-assembled Peptide-pi-electron Supramolecular Polymers for Bioinspired Energy Harvesting, Transport and Management

Project Personnel

John Tovar

Principal Investigator

Johns Hopkins University

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Andrew Ferguson

University of Chicago

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Howard Katz

Johns Hopkins University

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Funding Divisions

Division of Materials Research (DMR), Division of Chemistry (CHE), Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA)

Nature exquisitely controls the arrangement of key pigments during photosynthesis to harness solar energy. Exerting reliable control over engineered molecular materials in the crucial 10-100 nanometer regime, thousands of times smaller than a millimeter, remains a challenge. This project develops functional molecular superstructures via molecular synthesis, biologically inspired self-assembly, electronic measurements, molecular simulation, and data-driven molecular discovery and engineering. The PIs guide the next generation of materials and data scientists of diverse socio-economic background while promoting tight integration and mutually reinforcing feedback between computation and experiment towards the discovery and development of multi-molecule assemblies with tailored structure and function.