Investigation of chiral porphyrin aggregates with heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy
In nature, photosynthetic organisms harvest and transport solar energy through the finely-tuned interplay between vibrational, electronic, and excitonic characteristics within photosynthetic reaction centers. These characteristics depend intimately on the precise arrangement of the reaction centers' molecular building blocks. Further knowledge of the relationship between structure and function in these natural systems is key to advancing synthetic solar technologies like dye-sensitized solar cells and artificial photosynthesis. Photosynthetic pigments, such as chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll, ...