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Date:12/10/2009

RIVERSIDE, Calif. David Bocian of the University of California, Riverside will receive more than $1 million over five years as a co-investigator in the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), to be headquartered at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. The center seeks to better understand natural photosynthetic systems and design more durable human-made compounds for capturing light.

"Research on solar cells during the past 15 years has failed to appreciably increase cell efficiency," said Bocian, a professor of biophysical and materials chemistry, who researches energy conversion systems using a range of analytical techniques. Bocian cites lack of funding for basic research as the reason why today's solar cells have only 6-11 percent energy efficiency.

But there is hope in Congress's recent approval of funding for PARC and 45 similar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) through the Department of Energy.

"The precedent in this case is the number of centers funded," Bocian said. "Normally the National Science Foundation calls for proposals and eventually funds three or four centers."

The $277 million allocated for the 46 EFRCs is significant, especially in that it requires no "deliverables" (functioning products) but rather seeks to address basic science questions.

Shiny silicon-wafer cells are extremely brittle, but Bocian explained that the new solar cells would be flexible, and could be integrated with textiles, allowing clothes to act as a walking power source for cell phones and computers.

He hopes to aid the development of what he calls "bio-inspired" antenna systems, which will collect and focus light to power solar cells.

These systems are bio-inspired because they are based on t
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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