CBES Investigators

George Schatz

Aysenur Iscen

PhD Candidate
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Mohamad Kodaimati

Graduate Student
Chemistry

Cindy Zheng

Graduate Student
Chemistry

Research Overview

Biological photosynthesis occurs in highly structured environments where the position and order of the components play a key role in the overall efficiency of multiple energy and electron transfer steps. One project focuses on fundamental questions regarding the design of photocatalytic materials with bio-inspired spatial organization. Another project concerns modeling nanoparticle (NP) assemblies with switchable DNA linkers, where the Schatz group will identify structures with optimal light–matter interactions whose building blocks will be identified by inverse design. The Schatz group will also explore photoswitchable soft materials composed on peptide amphiphiles that are coupled to polymers with switchable components.