Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 677 - Function by Switching

A08: Molecular Assemblers: Light Driven Molecular Machines for Synthesis (since 2015)


In nature light energy is converted to chemical energy by photosynthesis driving ATP condensation. The energy stored in ATP powers a number of biochemical processes such as molecular machines which assemble reactants to products with high spatial precision. In project A8 we develop analogous, artificial, molecular assemblers, or in other words, we are aiming at light-driven molecular machines that are able to make other molecules.

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