We are working in the fields of molecular biophysics and energy research, examining biological and biomimetic processes at the molecular and atomic level. The application of new physical methods and concepts for understanding the structure, dynamics, and functions of biomolecules are particularly important in our work. Biomimetic systems for CO2-neutral production of fuels - driven by renewable energy - are of increasing importance in our recent work. The focal points of our research are:
Our group is composed of physicists, chemists, and biologists. The work is embedded in national and international cooperations. The methods used in our lab include:
Structural investigations using X-ray spectroscopy (at the BESSY in Berlin, at the ESRF in Grenoble, and elsewhere), optical spectroscopy (UV/vis, fluorescence, FTIR) for monitoring processes after excitation by laser pulses, advanced electrochemistry combined with spectroscopy, computer simulations of reaction kinetics, and molecular modelling.
Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function: SFB 1078
Cluster of Excellence - Unifying Concepts in Catalysis: UniCat
Solar H2: SPP 1613