Department of Chemistry Biochemistry


Emeritus Regents' Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1974

  Office: ISTB5 204  
  Phone: (480)965-4547  
  Fax: (480) 965-2747

 Dr. DEVENS GUST's Lab or Group Website

Research and Teaching Interests

Research in the Gust group focuses on organic photochemistry and synthetic and physical organic chemistry. We apply the techniques of organic synthesis, laser spectroscopy, and (photo)electrochemistry to the solution of problems in these areas. Much of our research is carried out in the Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel), which is a DOE-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center. The work involves artificial photosynthesis: the design and construction of complete experimental systems for using solar energy to oxidize water and produce hydrogen or other useful fuels. Other work in the group involves the use of photochromic molecules, which change structure upon absorption of light, for applications in molecular logic and computing, and in photochemical control of molecular function and photoprotection . A third general research area is the molecular mechanisms of bird navigation using the earth's magnetic field and related magnetic phenomena.

Research in the Gust group is highly interdisciplinary, and often involves collaboration with other groups in biochemistry, materials science, physics and engineering. Students either specialize in one technique and thereby contribute to the solution of a variety of group research challenges, or become more generalized, learning about a variety of different techniques and areas of expertise.

Selected Publications

"Information Processing with Molecules- Quo Vadis," Pischel, U.; Andreasson, J.; Gust, D.; Pais, V., ChemPhysChem 14 28-46 (2013)

"Hole mobility in porphyrin- and porphyrin-fullerene electropolymers," Brennan, B. J.; Liddell, P. A.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; Gust, D., J. Phys. Chem. B 117 426-432 (2013)

"Simple and accurate correlation of experimental redox potentials and DFT-calculated HOMO/LUMO energies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon," Mendez-Hernandez, D. D.; Tarakeshwar, P.; Gust, D.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; Mujica, V., J. Mol. Mod. in press (2013)

"Carotenoids as electron or excited-state energy donors in artificial photosynthesis: an ultrafast investigation of a carotenoporphyrin and a carotenofullerene dyad," S. Pillai, J. Ravensbergen, A. Antoniuk-Pablant, B. D. Sherman, R. van Grondelle, R. N. Frese, T. A. Moore, D. Gust, A. L. Moore and J. T. M. Kennis, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15 4775-4784 (2013)

"Evolution of reaction center mimics to systems capable of generating solar fuel," Sherman, B. D.; Vaughn, M. D.; Bergkamp, J. J.; Gust, D.; Moore, A. L.,; Moore, T. A., Photosyn. Res. in press (2013)

"Photonic modulation of electron transfer with switchable phase inversion," Frey, J.; Kodis, G.; Straight, S. D.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; Gust, D., J. Phys. Chem. A 117 607-615 (2013)

"Porphyrins as ITO photosensitizers: Substituents control photo-induced electron transfer direction," Furmansky, Y.; Sasson, H.; Liddell, P.; Gust, D.; Ashkenasy, N.; Visoly-Fisher, I., J. Mater. Chem. 22 20334-20341 (2012)

"Mimicking the electron transfer chain in photosystem II with a molecular triad thermodynamically capable of water oxidation," Megiatto, J. D. Jr.; Antoniuk-Pablant,A.; Sherman, B. D.; Kodis, G.; Gervaldo, M.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; Gust, D., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 39 15578-15583 (2012)

"Catalytic turnover of [FeFe]-hydrogenase based on single molecule imaging," Madden, C,; Vaughn, M. D.; Díez-Pérez, I,; Brown, K. A.; King, P. W.; Gust, D.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 1577-1582 (2012)

"Optical and electrochemical properties of hydrogen-bonded phenol-pyrrolidino[60]fullerenes," Moore, G. F.; Megiatto, Jr., J. D.; Hambourger, M.; Gervaldo, M.; Kodis, G.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Gust, D., Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 11 1018-1025 (2012)

"Analog applications of photochemical switches," Copley, G.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; Gust, D., Adv. Mater. 25 456-461 (2012)

"Intramolecular hydrogen bonding as a synthetic tool to induce chemical selectivity in acid catalyzed porphyrin synthesis," Megiatto, J. D. Jr., Patterson, D.; Sherman, B. D.; Moore, T. A.; Gust. D.; Moore, A. L., Chem. Commun. 48 4558-4560 (2012)

"New light-harvesting roles of hot and forbidden carotenoid states in artificial photosynthetic constructs," Kloz, M.; Pillai, S.; Kodis, G.; Gust, D.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L.; van Grondelle, R.; Kennis, J. T. M., Chem. Sci. 3 2052-2061 (2012)

"Base-catalyzed direct conversion of dipyrromethanes to 1,9-dicarbinols: A [2 + 2] approach for porphyrins," Terazono, Y.; North, E. J.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Gust, D., Org. Lett. 14 1776-1779 (2012)

"Data and signal processing using photochromic molecules ," Gust, D.; Andreasson, J.; Pischel, U.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L. , Chem. Commun. 48 1947-1957 (2012)

"Improving the efficiency of water splitting in dye-sensitized solar cells by using a biomimetic electron transfer mediator," Zhao, Y.; Swierk, J. R.; Megiatto, J. D. Jr., Sherman, B.; Youngblood, W. J.; Qin, D.; Lentz, D. M.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Gust, D.; Mallouk, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 39 15612-15616 (2012)

"Realizing artificial photosynthesis ," Gust, D.; Moore, T. A.; Moore, A. L., Faraday Disc. 155 9-26 (2012)

"All-photonic multifunctional molecular logic device," Andreasson, J.; Pischel, U.; Straight, S. D.; Moore, T. A.; Moore,A. L.; Gust, D., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 11641 - 11648 (2011)

"Photochemical synthesis of a water oxidation catalyst based on cobalt nanostructures," Wee, T.-L.; Sherman, B. D.; Gust, D.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Liu, Y.; Scaiano, J. , J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 16742-16745 (2011)

"Spin-selective recombination kinetics of a model chemical magnetoreceptor," Timmel, C.; Maeda, K.; Wedge, C.; Storey, J.; Henbest, K.; Liddell, P.; Kodis, G.; Gust, D.; Hore, P., Chem. Commun. 6563-6565 (2011)

"Mimicking the role of the antenna in photosynthetic photoprotection," Terazono, Y.; Kodis, G.; Bhushan, K.; Zaks, J.; Madden, C.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Fleming, G. R.; Gust, D., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 2916-2922 (2011)

"Conformationally constrained macrocyclic diporphyrin-fullerene artificial photosynthetic reaction center," Garg, V.; Kodis, G.; Chachisvilis, M.; Hambourger, M.; Moore, A. L.; Moore, T. A.; Gust, D., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 2944-2954 (2011)