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Gary Brudvig

Yale Department Of Chemistry
Yale University
United States of America


B.S. University of Minnesota, 1976 Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1981 Miller Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1980-82 Honors Searle Scholar, 1983-86 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1985-90 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1986-88 Elected Fellow of the AAAS, 1995 Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota, 2016

Research Interest

Our research aims to define how nature has solved the difficult problem of efficient light-driven, four-electron oxidation of water to O2 and to use this understanding to develop new artificial processes for solar energy conversion. We use spectroscopic, biophysical and molecular biological methods to probe the structure and function of the redox centers, the kinetics and yields of electron-transfer reactions, and the chemistry of water oxidation in photosystem II. The studies on photosystem II provide insight into the design of artificial systems that split water.


  • S. W. Sheehan, J. M. Thomsen, U. Hintermair, R. H. Crabtree, G. W. Brudvig, & C. A. Schmuttenmaer. A Molecular Catalyst for Water Oxidation that Binds to Metal Oxide Surfaces. Nature Comm. 2015, 6, 6469.

  • R. Pokhrel & G. W. Brudvig. Oxygen-Evolving Complex of Photosystem II: Correlating Structure with Spectroscopy. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 11812-11821.

  • K. J. Young, L. A. Martini, R. L. Milot, R. C. Snoeberger III, V. S. Batista, C. A. Schmuttenmaer, R. H. Crabtree & G. W. Brudvig. Light-driven Water Oxidation for Solar Fuels. Coord. Chem. Rev. 2012, 256, 2503-2520.

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