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Devens Gust

Devens Gust

Regents Professor Emeritus, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Molecular Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604


  • Distinguished Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Regents Professor Emeritus, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Devens Gust has research and teaching interests in aspects of organic chemistry including artificial photosynthetic solar energy conversion, organic photovoltaics, molecular computing, and general photochemistry. Professor Gust received his B.S. degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University. He completed postdoctoral research at Caltech before accepting a position on the faculty at Arizona State University. At ASU, he has served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Photosynthesis Research Center. He has held visiting professorships at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, University of Sydney, Australia, and Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

Professor Gust has published over 250 research articles in scientific journals, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Physics (London). He has received a variety of awards for research achievement, including the Award in Photochemistry from the Inter-American Photochemical Society and the AzTE Technology Ventures Innovators of the Year Award.


  • PhD, Chemistry, Princeton University, 1974
  • BS, Stanford University


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Journal Articles


Ravensbergen, J., C. L. Brown, G. F. Moore, R. N. Frese, R. van Grondelle, D. Gust, T. A. Moore, A. L. Moore and J. T. Kennis. 2015. Kinetic isotope effect of proton-coupled electron transfer in a hydrogen bonded phenol-pyrrolidino[60]fullerene. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 14:2147-2150. DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00259A. (link )


Moore, G. F., M. Hambourger, G. Kodis, W. Michl, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2010. Effects of protonation state on a tyrosine-hstidine bioinspired redox mediator. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114(45):14450-14457. DOI: 10.1021/jp101592m. (link )


Hambourger, M., G. Kodis, M. D. Vaughn, G. F. Moore, D. Gust, A. L. Moore and T. A. Moore. 2009. Solar energy conversion in a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell. Dalton Transactions 45:9937-10124. DOI: 10.1039/B912170F. (link )

Hambourger, M., G. F. Moore, D. M. Kramer, D. Gust, A. L. Moore and T. A. Moore. 2009. Biology and technology for photochemical fuel production. Chemistry Society Reviews 38:25-35. DOI: 10.1039/B800582F. (link )


Moore, G. F., M. Hambourger, M. Gervaldo, O. G. Poluektov, T. Rajh, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2008. Journal of the American Chemical Society. Journal of the American Chemical Society 130(32):10466-10467. DOI: 10.1021/ja803015m. (link )

Rizzi, A. C., M. van Gastel, P. A. Liddell, R. E. Palacios, G. F. Moore, G. Kodis, A. L. Moore, T. A. Moore, D. Gust and S. E. Braslavsky. 2008. Entropic changes control the charge separation process in triads mimicking photosynthetic charge separation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 112(18):4215-4223. DOI: 10.1021/jp712008b. (link )


Berera, R., G. F. Moore, I. H. van Stokkum, G. Kodis, P. A. Liddell, M. Gervaldo, R. van Grondelle, J. T. Kennis, D. Gust, T. A. Moore and A. L. Moore. 2006. Charge separation and energy transfer in a caroteno–C60 dyad: photoinduced electron transfer from the carotenoid excited states. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 5:1142-1149. DOI: 10.1039/B613971J. (link )


Bennett, I., H. M. Vanegas Farfano, F. Bogani, A. Primak, P. A. Liddell, L. Otero, L. Sereno, J. J. Silber, A. L. Moore, T. A. Moore and D. Gust. 2002. Active transport of CA2+ by an artificial photosynthetic membrane. Nature 420:398-401. DOI: 10.1038/nature01209. (link )