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    MIT energy researcher moving to Harvard

    Daniel Nocera, a noted energy researcher whose work has focused on the development of technologies that can mimic the energy production of a leaf, is moving from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to join the chemistry and chemical biology department at Harvard University.

    The move was announced today by Michael D. Smith, Harvard’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

    “With his interdisciplinary expertise in fields related to energy synthesis, and his dedication to using that expertise to improving the lives of billions of people around the world, Dan Nocera is the kind of scientist and humanitarian who exemplifies Harvard’s contributions to society,” Smith said in a statement.

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    Nocera said in an e-mail that he was drawn to Harvard because of the breadth of interdisciplinary expertise and collaborative opportunities available.

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    “I am very committed to providing energy to the poor,” Nocera wrote. “Harvard has agreed to commit to that vision with me. And with their international reach, they provide a lot of opportunity to do so. Having said all that, I see equally great opportunities with Harvard-MIT collaboration on energy in the future.”

    He added that he hopes to see energy research, like biotechnology, become a major strength of the Boston and Cambridge research and business communities.

    Carolyn Y. Johnson can be reached at cjohnson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @carolynyjohnson.