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Prof. Dr Athina Zouni

// studied chemistry at the Free University of Berlin

// After receiving her doctorate in biophysical chemistry, she broadened her knowledge in biophysical methods at the Max Planck Society’s Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin

// In 1995, she signed up for the glorious adventure of photosynthesis research at the Technical University of Berlin involving work on the crystallisation, structure and function of photosystem II

// Her successes in the field of photosynthesis led in 2009 to her habilitation and appointment as a Visiting Professor in the Chemistry Faculty at TU Berlin

// In 2012, she relocated her lab to the ­Department of Biology at Berlin’s Humboldt University, where the focus of her research is now the “biophysics of photosynthesis”

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Tracking down the secrets of photosynthesis

Mini solar power stations - von Prof. Dr Athina Zouni, Prof. Dr Frank Müh

During photosynthesis, water is converted into oxygen, transforming sunlight ­into ­chemically usable energy. The precise details of the mechanisms behind this solar-­powered splitting of water remain ­unknown and are now being ­investigated with advanced techniques in structural analysis. ­­This work ­requires the availability of high-quality crystals of the all-important protein complex, photosystem II, whose ­ growth poses several challenges...