Electron Transfer in Photosynthetic Reaction Centers: Optimization in Model and Nature

  • Benjamin P. Fingerhut
  • Wolfgang Zinth
  • Regina de Vivie-Riedle
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 92)


We discuss the principles of optimal charge separation processes in bacterial reaction centers. Non-adiabatic electron transfer (ET) theory is combined with a Darwinian optimization. Our results reveal that the ET cascade is stable with respect to severe perturbations in the last ET step to maintain efficient charge separation.


Genetic Algorithm Electron Transfer Pareto Front Bacterial Reaction Center Fermi Golden Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin P. Fingerhut
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Zinth
    • 2
  • Regina de Vivie-Riedle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für BioMolekulare OptikLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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