Established in 2009 as the core facility for the DOE-funded Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), a Frontier Research Center.
Currently managed by the Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage and the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (EECE) and located in the Brauer Hall  (rooms 022-023).
It is particularly designed to study photophysical ultrafast processes like light absorption, emission, excitation  and electron transfer from femto- to mili-second time ranges.

Points of Contact:

Facility coordinator: Prof. Vijay Ramani (

Facility manager: Dr. Dariusz Niedzwiedzki (

Facility Manager

Dariusz (Darek) M. Niedzwiedzki, Ph.D.
Staff Research Scientist

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Bio Sketch:

Professional Preparation

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland                        Physics          M.Sc.   2000

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland                        Physics         Ph.D.    2004


2019 – Present       Staff Research Scientist

Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis

2010 – 2019           Research Scientist

Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis

2009                         Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis

2004 – 2009           Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut

Peer Reviewer for Following Journals

Applied Physics Letters, Applied Spectroscopy, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, BBA-Bioenergetics, BBA-Biomembranes, Biomacromolecules, Biotechnology Advances, Chemical Physics Letters, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Molecules, Photochemistry and Photobiology, Photosynthesis Research,  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Scientific Reports, Communications Biology, Nature Communications, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

Proposal Reviewer

National Science Centre (NCN), Poland

Department of Energy (DoE), USA

Journal Editorial Boards

Molecules (Photochemistry Section): 2018 – 2019