Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry
Welcome to the Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry group page! Our basic, frontline research in natural photosynthesis has served as inspiration and guidelines for research in artificial photosynthesis since many years.
Our long-term integration of research in natural and man-made systems has become our signature and proven to be a fruitful apporach.
In our project we investigate the function of components in natural photosynthesis, and in particular the mechanism for water oxidation in Photosystem II. We also use our frontline molecular knowledge of Photosystem II in the development of artificial photosynthesis. We apply various biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology methods to study redox components in the Photosystem II reaction center. We also use advanced spectroscopic techniques to characterize these systems, such as optical, fluorescence and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR).
Electron transfer proteins in heterocystous cyanobacteria, with focus on photosynthetic membrane proteins and hydrogenases.
We are focused in studying photosynthetic light reactions, in particular the water oxidation and proton coupled electron transfer in photosystem II
An interdisciplinary approach to bioinorganic chemistry, combining synthetic chemistry as well as classical biochemical and biophysical techniques, and covers a broad range of topics related to metalloproteins and their cofactors.
The research in Messingers group concentrates on the mechanism of water-oxidation in photosynthesis and artificial systems.