Hendrik Mohrmann


Department of Physics

Institute of Experimental Physics

Experimental Molecular Biophysics


Address Arnimallee 14
Room 1.1.38
14195 Berlin
Telephone (030) 838-56050
Email mohrmann@physik.fu-berlin.de

I studied physics in Kiel, Paris and here at the FU Berlin, where I wrote my diploma thesis about molecular switches controlled by STM at low temperature in ultra high vacuum under supervision of Nacho Pascual. After a scientific break in which I was travelling through central America, I reoriented my interest and started to work on molecular biophysics in the group of Joachim Heberle.

My research is focused on infrared probes that have a strong sensibility to electric field, the so-called vibrational Stark effect (VSE). Theses probes are site-specifically inserted into proteins where they allow us to get an insight to electrostatic changes during the reaction cycle of the protein of interest. We monitor this via Fourier-transformed Infrared spectroscopy, a well established technique in this group. In January 2013, I additionally started investigation of the reaction cycle of Cytochrome C Oxidase, the terminal enzyme of the respiratory chain, a project of the CRC 1078 ('Prtonation Dynamics in Protein Function').