Logo for the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center or PARC. Logo shows raises of sun about the words PARC.The Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center is one of 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers  funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Bob Blankenship, PhD, director of PARC and the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. (Credit: Sid Hastings/WUSTL Photos)

Bob Blankenship (Credit: Sid Hastings/WUSTL Photos)

Founded in 2009 and renewed in 2014, PARC has received a cumulative investment of more than $34 million. It aims to understand the basic scientific principles that govern solar energy collection by photosynthetic organisms, and to use this knowledge to enhance natural antenna systems and to fabricate biohybrid and bioinspired systems for light‐harvesting.

Bob Blankenship, PhD, director of PARC, is the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

“Perhaps our biggest legacy will be this cadre of scientists that we will have trained here at PARC who will go on and solve these pressing problems. We probably won’t solve all those pressing problems in four more years (laughter), but we will make progress,” Blankenship said.

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