Gary W. Brudvig
Research in the Brudvig research group focuses on the water oxidation chemistry of photosystem II and manganese model chemistry.
The aim of this work is to define how nature has solved the difficult problem of the efficient light-driven, four-electron oxidation of water to molecular oxygen in photosynthesis and to use the insight gained from study of the natural system to develop artificial systems that split water using sunlight. Towards this end, a variety of biochemical, biophysical and spectroscopic methods are used, including EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy and electrochemistry. This research involves close collaborations with a several other groups, especially with the group of Victor Batista (Yale) who applies state-of-art computational methods to analyze the structure and function of the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II.