The Duffy Lab

The Duffy Lab is part of the research community at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.


Our aim is understanding the first moments of photosynthesis, the harvesting of energy by photosynthetic antenna complexes. Adopting a theoretical approach we try to understand what makes this process so efficient and yet adaptable to a light environment that fluctuates intensely and rapidly. 


Our main focus concerns the complex roles played by the secondary photosynthetic pigments, the carotenoids, in photosynthetic light-harvesting.


We aim to establish a fundamental understanding of how these pigments facilitate efficient yet adaptable solar energy harvesting in natural systems and how these principles can be applied to artificial, hybrid and bio-inspired solar technology. 

Contact Information

Dr Christopher Duffy

Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End

London E1 4NS


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8006


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