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Energy Transfer Dynamics in Biomaterial Systems

  • Irene Burghardt
  • V. May
  • David A. Micha
  • E. R. Bittner
  • gives the state-of-the-art of the subject area

  • internationally reputed editors and authors


Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Excitation Energy Transfer in Complex Molecular and Biological Systems

  3. The Many Facets of DNA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Eric R. Bittner, Arkadiusz Czader
      Pages 103-126
    3. Dimitra Markovitsi, Thomas Gustavsson
      Pages 127-142
    4. O. Kühn, N. Došlić, G. M. Krishnan, H. Fidder, K. Heyne
      Pages 143-164
    5. Arnab Mukherjee, Richard Lavery, Biman Bagchi, James T. Hynes
      Pages 165-180
  4. Quantum Dynamics and Transport at Interfaces and Junctions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 182-182
    2. Irene Burghardt, Eric R. Bittner, Hiroyuki Tamura, Andrey Pereverzev, John Glenn S. Ramon
      Pages 183-212
    3. D. A. Ryndyk, R. Gutiérrez, B. Song, G. Cuniberti
      Pages 213-335
  5. New Methods for Open Systems Dynamics

  6. New Methods for Mixing Quantum and Classical Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 382-382
    2. Robbie Grunwald, Aaron Kelly, Raymond Kapral
      Pages 383-413
    3. S. Bonella, D. F. Coker, D. Mac Kernan, R. Kapral, G. Ciccotti
      Pages 415-436
    4. Giovanni Ciccotti, Sergio Caprara, Federica Agostini
      Pages 437-467

About this book


The role of quantum coherence in promoting the e ciency of the initial stages of photosynthesis is an open and intriguing question. Lee, Cheng, and Fleming, Science 316, 1462 (2007) The understanding and design of functional biomaterials is one of today’s grand challenge areas that has sparked an intense exchange between biology, materials sciences, electronics, and various other disciplines. Many new - velopments are underway in organic photovoltaics, molecular electronics, and biomimetic research involving, e. g. , arti cal light-harvesting systems inspired by photosynthesis, along with a host of other concepts and device applications. In fact, materials scientists may well be advised to take advantage of Nature’s 3. 8 billion year head-start in designing new materials for light-harvesting and electro-optical applications. Since many of these developments reach into the molecular domain, the - derstanding of nano-structured functional materials equally necessitates f- damental aspects of molecular physics, chemistry, and biology. The elementary energy and charge transfer processes bear much similarity to the molecular phenomena that have been revealed in unprecedented detail by ultrafast op- cal spectroscopies. Indeed, these spectroscopies, which were initially developed and applied for the study of small molecular species, have already evolved into an invaluable tool to monitor ultrafast dynamics in complex biological and materials systems. The molecular-level phenomena in question are often of intrinsically quantum mechanical character, and involve tunneling, non-Born- Oppenheimer e ects, and quantum-mechanical phase coherence.


ASTER DNA FRET biomaterial biomaterials charge transfer condensed matter electronics energy transport molecular electronics quantum dynamics reaction semiconductor spectroscopy transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Irene Burghardt
    • 1
  • V. May
    • 2
  • David A. Micha
    • 3
  • E. R. Bittner
    • 4
  1. 1.Department de chimie, UMR 8642 due CNRSEcole Normale SuperieureParis CX 05France
  2. 2.Institut für Physik, AG HalbleitertheorieHumboldt-Univ. BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Physical Chemistry DivisionUniversity FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Dept. ChemistryUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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