Gary Dirks

Senior Director, School of Sustainability Faculty

Research Areas of Interest

Senior Director Dirks’s research interests consists of light absorption and energy transfer in polyene-porphyrin esters and energy transfer from carotenoid polyenes to porphyrins. A light-harvesting antenna, mimicry of antenna and photo-protective carotenoid functions by a synthetic carotenoporphyrin, structure of nitroarginine. Dirks’s nitrogen-15 nuclear magnetic resonance study entails:

  1. Energy transfer from carotenoids to porphyrins
  2. Stereochemistry of oligomeric proteins



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