Graduate Research Opportunities

Want to earn a Ph. D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry while helping solve the energy problem? Graduate students are vital participants in the Center research. The project is highly interdisciplinary, and students work with other graduate students and research personnel with expertise from many different areas. Some of the research areas important to the success of the project include:

  • Engineering with DNA
  • Artificial proteins and enzymes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Inorganic synthesis
  • Photochemistry
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance
  • Materials chemistry

Students interested in doing graduate research in the Solar Fuels Center should check out the web sites of the Center faculty, and contact those faculty directly for more information (see below). Most of the graduate students (but not all) are in degree programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Application for admission to graduate school in the Department is made through the web site http://chemistry.asu.edu/graduate.

Principal investigators of the Center:

  • Ana Moore (organic chemistry; solar energy conversion; artificial photosynthesis)
  • Anne Jones (biological inorganic chemistry; bioelectrochemistry)
  • Devens Gust (organic photochemistry; solar energy conversion; artificial photosynthesis)
  • Don Seo (inorganic chemistry, materials science)
  • Giovanna Ghirlanda (organic and protein chemistry)
  • Hao Yan (structural DNA nanotechnology, molecular self-assembly)
  • James Allen (photosynthesis, structural biology)
  • Kevin Redding (structure/function analysis of biological electron transfer)
  • Petra Fromme (biophysics and biochemistry of membrane proteins, photosynthetic membrane protein complexes)
  • Tom Moore (biochemistry; photobiology; artificial photosynthesis)
  • Yan Liu (physical chemistry, DNA engineering)
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