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New Research Fellow Prof. Nadav Amdursky at FU Berlin to Advance Proton Transfer Studies in Biological Systems

Prof. Joachim Heberle (Speaker of the SFB1078, Experimental Molecular Biophysics, FU Berlin) proudly welcomes Prof. Nadav Amdursky from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Schulich (Faculty of Chemistry in Haifa, Israel) as a Humboldt Fellow. Prof. Amdursky is an esteemed researcher in the field of charge transport across bioderived materials. He is set to undertake a cutting-edge research project titled "Following Proton Transfer from a Photo-Released Proton within Biological Systems with Transient Mid-IR and Raman Spectroscopies". His research stay will contribute significantly to our CRC 1078.

News from Jun 03, 2024

Exploring Biological Charge Transfer Processes

Biological charge transfer processes, such as those in the respiratory system, are fundamental to life. Proteins are Nature’s primary agents for charge translocation and understanding these processes is essential not only for comprehending natural charge transport but also for designing innovative protein-based conductive materials inspired by nature.

Prof. Amdursky's research group investigates various types of charge transfer properties across both natural protein systems and artificial constructs, from the nanometer scale to macroscopic biopolymers, distinguishing between electron and proton transfer. Their approach to creating novel conductive biopolymers emphasizes sustainability by using natural byproducts and adhering to green chemistry principles. The group employs two main experimental systems to study charge transfer properties: an environmental electrical system for measuring charge transfer in different configurations and an ultrafast laser system for observing light-induced charge transfer in biological materials at femtosecond to nanosecond timescales.

Strategic Importance for SFB 1078

Prof. Amdursky's project aligns perfectly with the objectives of the CRC 1078, which brings together physicists, chemists, and biologists to explore proton transfer processes. His expertise and innovative approach are expected to foster significant advancements in the theoretical and practical aspects of proton dynamics. During his fellowship, Prof. Amdursky will collaborate closely with various researchers at the FU Berlin and is looking forward to the scientific exchange with our CRC members.

If you are interested in meeting the guest, contact Prof. Heberle.

A Prestigious Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards fellowships to researchers demonstrating exceptional potential to make significant contributions to their fields. Prof. Amdursky’s selection as a Humboldt Fellow is a clear indication of his outstanding academic achievements and the innovative nature of his proposed research.

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