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CBES: Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science

George Schatz

George Schatz

Northwestern University
The Schatz Group


CBES Research Areas:
Multi-Scale Synthesis of Artificial Muscles, Hierarchical Structure-Mediated Photocatalysis, Autonomous Soft Microrobots, Mechanical Enhancement of Photocatalysis

  • Morrison Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Applied Physics and Chemical & Biological Engineering

PhD (1976), California Institute of Technology

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 of the Schatz group's projects focuses on fundamental questions regarding the design of photocatalytic materials with bio-inspired spatial organization. Another project concerns modeling nanoparticle assemblies with switchable DNA linkers, for which the Schatz group identifies structures with optimal light–matter interactions whose building blocks can be identified by inverse design. The Schatz group is also exploring photoswitchable soft materials composed on peptide amphiphiles that are coupled to polymers with switchable components.

Key Publications

Free-Energy Profiles for A-/B-DNA Conformational Transitions in Isolated and Aggregated States from All-Atom Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Lai, C-T., Schatz, G.C. 
Phys. Chem. B., 122, 7990-7996, 2018. 

Peptide Amphiphile Self-Assembly
Iscen, A., Schatz, G.C. 
EPL, 119, 2017. 

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