Large photovoltages generated by plant photosystem i crystals

Hila Toporik, Itai Carmeli, Irina Volotsenko, Michel Molotskii, Yossi Rosenwaks, Chanoch Carmeli, Nathan Nelson*

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Micrometer-thick plant photosystem I crystals made of up to 1000 layers of serially arranged protein complexes generate unprecedented high photovoltages when placed on a conducting solid surface and measured using Kelvin probe force microscopy. The successive layers form serially photoinduced dipoles in the crystal that give rise to electric fields as large as 100 kV cm -1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2988-2991
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number22
StatePublished - 12 Jun 2012


FundersFunder number
Seventh Framework Programme293579


    • Kelvin probe force microscopy
    • crystals
    • large photovoltages
    • photosystem I


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