ASU-led study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis

Tue, 2014-06-10

An International team, lead by Arizona State University scientists, has published in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen-the process that maintains Earth's oxygen atmosphere.  

"This study is the first step towards our ultimate goal of unraveling the secrets of water splitting and obtaining molecular movies of biomolecules," said Petra Fromme, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at ASU.  Fromme is the senior author and leader of the international team, which reported their work in "Serial time-resolved crystallography of photosystem II using a femtosecond X-ray laser" in the July 9 online issue of Nature.  Read more here  


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