Devens Gust

Director of the Center
Principal Investigator
  • Phone:  480-965-4547
  • Fax:       480-965-5927
  • E-mail:  gust@asu.edu

Regents' Professor Devens Gust contributes to the EFRC in the areas of management and research. In management, Dr. Gust serves as Director of the Center. He is responsible for coordinating the establishment of the new Center at ASU and, with the advice of the Executive Committee and Program Manager, setting up policies and procedures for Center management. He makes final budgetary decisions within the Center, in consultation with the Executive Committee. He is also the main representative of the Center to the Department of Energy, to the University Administration, and to other interested parties. He attends DOE EFRC management meetings and makes presentations to University personnel and visitors to the Center. A number of industrial, educational, and foreign institutions have sent representatives to visit the Center and learn more about its mission. Dr. Gust is also responsible for coordinating written reports to the DOE and ensuring compliance with ARRA and other reporting and regulatory requirements.

Turning to research, it should be noted that the Center research is tightly integrated, and all Principal Investigators including Dr. Gust make contributions to multiple Center subtasks. Dr. Gust’s main research contributions are to Subtask #4, the development of artificial photosynthetic reaction centers. Two types of reaction centers are being prepared. In one, the chromophores absorb in the shorter-wavelength region of the visible spectrum and drive photoinduced electron transfer that produces oxidation potential sufficient to oxidize water. The chromophores of the second type of reaction center absorb light out to longer wavelengths than those of the first type, and carry out photoinduced electron transfer that produces the reduction potential necessary to reduce protons to hydrogen gas. Work during the first 6 months of the project has involved mainly the design and synthesis of porphyrin-type chromophores with suitable properties for these reaction centers. This subtask also investigates antenna systems that extend the light harvesting capabilities of reaction center chromophores and may incorporate photoprotective functions.

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