Imperial College London

Professor Bill Rutherford FRS

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Chair in Biochemistry of Solar Energy
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5329a.rutherford Website

 
 
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Location

 

702Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

My career aim is to understand the water oxidising enzyme Photosystem II in terms of its mechanism, its assembly and its evolutionary relationships with other photosynthetic reaction centres. This enzyme has become the focus of attention because cheap water splitting catalysts are urgently needed in the energy sector for solar fuel production, electrolysis of water and the reverse reaction in fuel cells. My research has made major contributions to understanding this enzyme before it was either popular or profitable. Now that it is finally becoming both of those, I hope to continue to do more of the same. Not just because it might contribute to solving aspects of the energy crisis but also because understanding the enzyme, which put the energy into the biosphere, the oxygen into the atmosphere and thence changed the planet, is one of the greatest challenges in biology and chemistry. It is also a fun enzyme to work on.

Publications

Journals

Viola S, Roseby W, Santabarbara S, et al., 2022, Impact of energy limitations on function and resilience in long-wavelength photosystem II, Elife, ISSN:2050-084X

Allgower F, Gamiz-Hernandez AP, Rutherford AW, et al., 2022, Molecular Principles of Redox-Coupled Protonation Dynamics in Photosystem II, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:144, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:7171-7180

Viola S, Roseby W, Santabarabara S, et al., 2022, Impact of energy limitations on function and resilience in long-wavelength Photosystem II

Fantuzzi A, Allgower F, Baker H, et al., 2022, Bicarbonate-controlled reduction of oxygen by the QA semiquinone in Photosystem II in membranes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Usa, Vol:119, ISSN:0027-8424

MacGregor-Chatwin C, Nurnberg DJ, Jackson PJ, et al., 2022, Changes in supramolecular organization of cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane complexes in response to far-red light photoacclimation, Science Advances, Vol:8, ISSN:2375-2548

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