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Title: Light harvesting in phototrophic bacteria: structure and function

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Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Biochemical Journal; Journal Volume: 474; Journal Issue: 13; Related Information: PARC partners with Washington University in St. Louis (lead); University of California, Riverside; University of Glasgow, UK; Los Alamos National Laboratory; University of New Mexico; New Mexico Corsortium; North Carolina State University; Northwestern University; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; University of Pennsylvania; Sandia National Laboratories; University of Sheffield, UK
Country of Publication:
United States
solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, charge transport, membrane, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Citation Formats

Saer, Rafael G., and Blankenship, Robert E.. Light harvesting in phototrophic bacteria: structure and function. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1042/BCJ20160753.
Saer, Rafael G., & Blankenship, Robert E.. Light harvesting in phototrophic bacteria: structure and function. United States. doi:10.1042/BCJ20160753.
Saer, Rafael G., and Blankenship, Robert E.. Tue . "Light harvesting in phototrophic bacteria: structure and function". United States. doi:10.1042/BCJ20160753.
title = {Light harvesting in phototrophic bacteria: structure and function},
author = {Saer, Rafael G. and Blankenship, Robert E.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1042/BCJ20160753},
journal = {Biochemical Journal},
number = 13,
volume = 474,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jun 13 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Jun 13 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
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