Applications of Natural and Artificial Phycobiliproteins in Solar Cells

Author(s): Jianfei Ma, Huaxin Chen, Song Qin, Hanzhi Lin

Journal Name: Current Biotechnology

Volume 4 , Issue 3 , 2015

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Background: Phycobiliproteins are located in phycobilisomes, which are huge pigmentprotein complexes that function as light harvesting antennas for photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, red algae and other uncommon species.

Methods: The research progress of structures of the pigmented-covalently-binding phycobiliproteins were reviewed, including PhycoCyanin (PC), AlloPhycoCyanin (APC), PhycoErythroCyanin/PhycoErythrin (PEC/PE) and linkers. In addition, the progress of their combinational biosynthesis was also visited.

Results: We summarized advances in the development of phycobiliproteins-Sensitized Solar Cells (Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, DSSC) with high photoelectric transfer efficiency and low cost. Meantime, the efficiencies were compared on phycobilisome-based and bacteriochlorophyll/ chlorophyll-Sensitized Solar Cells. It was also discussed that directional molecular design of phycobiliproteins, for artificial high-level structure.

Conclusion: To accomplish higher level assembling of in vitro synthesis of phycobiliproteins requires technology for multichromophore attachment to apo-phycobiliproteins, and an understanding of linkers’ function in high-level phycobilisome assembly.

Keywords: Phycobiliproteins, artificial photosynthesis, energy transfer, Dye -Sensitized Solar Cells, lyases, phycobilisome.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 29 December, 2015
Page: [275 - 281]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/2211550104666151016203528

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