Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC)

Our biggest legacy will be this cadre of scientists that will have trained at PARC and who will help meet the global need for abundant, clean and economical energy.

Robert E. Blankenship, PhD, Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Director and P.I., PARC

In 2009, the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) was funded as one of 46 Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). This project, which was renewed in 2014, received almost $35 million in federal research funding and spanned more than 20 organizations across seven countries. Its focus was on advancing basic scientific principles governing light collection for application in energy, food and other applications. It was one of the Danforth Campus’ largest funded programs and was recognized by the DOE as a model EFRC with an award-winning outreach program.

InCEES helped organize the original application and served as the administrative home to the project, helping to scale-up the new initiative and provide oversight during administrative transitions. In July 2020, PARC effectively ceased operations. To view historical information about PARC, click on the links below.

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