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LightWorks Inaugural Lecture Series: Dr. Robert E. Blankenship

Robert E. Blankenship

  • Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

During this ASU LightWorks lecture series, there are two opportunities to interact with Dr. Robert Blankenship:

Photosynthetic Antennas: The First Step in Biological Solar Energy Conversion
Thursday, February 21 3:45 p.m.
Biodesign Institute Auditorium, Arizona State University, Tempe campus
This seminar will discuss how all photosynthetic organisms contain a light-gathering antenna system, which functions to collect light and deliver energy to the photosynthetic reaction center, where electron transfer processes store chemical energy. The Washington University PARC and its mission to understand natural, biohybrid, and bioinspired antenna systems will be described in the context of the long-term goal of producing biofuels.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Bioenergy
Thursday, February 21 6:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.
ASU SkySong, Convergence Room 150
Join us for a panel discussion following Dr. Blankenship’s seminar on the first step in biological solar energy conversion. This discussion will explore the future of bioenergy, particularly in Arizona and the Southwest. Panelists include:
Dr. Robert Blankenship, Professor and Director of PARC at Washington University
Dr. Gary Dirks, Director of ASU LightWorks
Joan Koerber-Walker, President and CEO of Arizona BioIndustry Association

Reception to begin at 6:00 p.m. with panel discussion following at 6:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Rebecca Davis: (480) 965-9572 or

Thursday, February 21, 2013