Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry

Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry
Stiftstraße 34-36, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry   link
Location: Mülheim an der Ruhr
Affiliation: Max Plank Society

Plants reveal how the sun’s energy can be used. By means of photosynthesis, plants form sugar out of carbon dioxide and water using the energy from light; many single-celled organisms produce hydrogen in a similar way. Simulating this process is the goal of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. However, in order to succeed, they must first understand in detail exactly what happens. To this effect, they examine the structure and function of the proteins that catalyse crucial steps in photosynthesis. The scientists subsequently endeavour to optimise the properties of the natural catalysts for technical applications, as well as synthesise chemically simpler alternatives. A particular focus of their work lies on the metallic centres of the enzymes, in other words their inorganic components, where the reactions take place.

Research Focus

  • Biophysical chemistry

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