Solar Fuels Laboratory
kierownik zespołu:
Joanna Kargul, Associate Prof.

Team

MSc Mateusz Abram
PhD student, jointly with Faculty of Biology UW
MSc Gleb Andryianau
PhD student, MISDoMP
PhD Grzegorz Bubak
MSc Julian David Janna Olmos
PhD student, jointly with Faculty of Biology UW
PhD Patrycja Haniewicz
Research Assistant

O laboratorium

The sun powers almost all life on earth via the fundamental process of photosynthesis. The natural photosystems (photosystems I and II) capable of solar light capture and solar energy conversion are macromolecular membrane proteins holding pigments and cofactors together to create biological nanoscale solar energy converters operating at quantum efficiencies close to unity. Solar energy conversion is one of the few renewable ways to produce clean energy to meet the increasing demands of modern civilization.

In the era of global climate change, there is a strong need to understand photosynthetic processes and their regulatory basis, particularly as they relate to solar fuel production in extreme environments. Our long term research objectives are threefold:

  1. understand the mechanisms of photosynthetic energy conversion at the molecular level in the extremophilic photosynthetic apparatus, using model extremophiles such as the red microalga Cyanidioschyzon merolae,
  2. dissect molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic adaptation under extreme conditions and fluctuating light,
  3. construct truly ‘green’ viable biohybrid solar-to-fuel nanodevices that mimic the most crucial steps of the early events of photosynthesis to produce fuels, such as molecular hydrogen and renewable carbon-based fuels.

As members of the major European collaborative initiative, the EuroSolarFuels consortium, we work on construction of a heterojunction tandem device for efficient solar-to-hydrogen conversion.

Methods used in the lab include an array of chromatographic approaches (AEC, HIC, IMAC, SEC), biochemical methods (SDS-PAGE, BN-PAGE, Western blotting, sucrose gradient fractionation etc.), molecular biology methods, fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy and bioinformatics.

 

Grants:

  • Polish-Turkish Bilateral Project, POLTUR, years: 2016-2019, 850 000 PLN, Coordinator/PI: Joanna Kargul, place of implementation: CeNT UW, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Mersin University

  • National Science Centre, OPUS 8, years: 2015-2018, 1 671 356 PLN, PI: Joanna Kargul, place of implementation: CeNT UW

  • European Science Foundation/Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, years: 2011-2014, 1 992 212 PLN, PI: Joanna Kargul, place of implementation: Faculty of Biology University of Warsaw

  • PRELUDIUM grant, National Science Centre; years: 2014-2016, 99 810 PLN, PI: Julian D. Janna Olmos, Supervisor: Joanna Kargul, place of implementation: Faculty of Biology University of Warsaw

Współpraca krajowa:
  • Prof. Sebastian Maćkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University

 

Współpraca zagraniczna:
  • Prof. Johannes Messinger, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Prof. Joost N.H. Reek, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Egbert Boekema, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Alfred Holzwarth, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Andrea Barbieri, PhDCNR, Bolonia, Italy
  • Radek Kaňa, PhD, Czech Academy of Sciences, Trebon, the Czech Republic
  • Kasim Ocakoglu, PhD, Mersin University, Turkey
  • Raoul Frese, PhD, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

News

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 14:41

Prof. Joanna Kargul, received funding for the project entitled Graphene-derived electrodes for bio-inspired solar-fuel device - GraphESol, within the first NCBiR...