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Harvesting light like nature does – EurekAlert

A new class of bio-inspired two-dimensional (2D) hybrid nanomaterials mimic the ability of photosynthetic plants and bacteria.

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IMAGE: POSS-peptoid molecules self-assemble into rhomboid-shaped nanocrystals.
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Credit: (Illustration by Stephanie King | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Inspired by nature, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with collaborators from Washington State University, created a novel material capable of capturing light energy. This material provides a highly efficient artificial light-harvesting system with potential applications in photovoltaics and bioimaging.

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