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Lisa M. Utschig

Chemist (Photosynthesis)

Dr. Lisa Utschig is a Chemist at the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.


Lisa Utschig is a Chemist with the Solar Energy Conversion Group and Lead Principal Investigator - Natural Photosynthesis.


  • BA, Cornell College
  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • Enrico Fermi Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory

Primary Research Interests

  • Investigation of photochemical energy conversion in natural photosynthetic systems
  • Development of innovative bioinorganic approaches to modify photosynthetic proteins for solar fuel production
  • Creation of novel biohybrid complexes for the study of light-induced electron transfer reactions coupled to catalyst site hydrogen generation

Select Recent Publications

  1. Quantum sensing of electron transfer pathways in natural photosynthesis using time-resolved high-field EPR/ENDOR spectroscopy” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2021DOE10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c00946
  2. Preface to the special issue:  photosynthesis-inspired biohybrid and biomimetic systems”  Photosynthesis Research, 2020DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00703-z
  3. Women at the forefront of energy research:  A virtual issue” ACS Energy Letters, 2020DOI10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02695
  4. Interprotein electron transfer biohybrid system for photocatalytic H2 production” Photosynthesis Research, 2020.  DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00705-x
  5.  Spin-correlated radical pairs as quantum sensors of bidirectional ET mechanisms in Photosystem I”  J. Phys. Chem. B, 2019, 123, 7536-7544. DOI: 10.1021/acs/jpcb.9b06636
  6.  Z-scheme solar water splitting via self-assembly of photosystem I-catalyst hybrids in thylakoid membranes”  Chemical Science, 2018, 9, 8504-8512. DOI:10.1039/c8sc02841a
  7. Charge separation related to photocatalytic H2 production from a Ru-apoflavodoxin-Ni biohybrid”  ACS Energy Letters2017, 2, 230-237.
  8. Ru-protein-Co biohybrids designed for solar hydrogen production:  understanding electron transfer pathways related to photocatalytic function”  Chemical Science2016, 7, 7068-7078
  9. Modular homogeneous chromophore-catalyst assemblies”  Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49(5), 835-843.
  10. Light-driven hydrogen production from Photosystem I-catalyst hybrids” Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2015, 25, 1-8.
  11. Aqueous light driven hydrogen production by a Ru-ferredoxin-Co biohybrid” Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 10628-10631.
  12. Directionality of electron transfer in Type I reaction center proteins:  High-frequency EPR study of PSI with removed iron-sulfur centers” J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b04063
  13. Protein delivery of a Ni catalyst to Photosystem I for light-driven hydrogen production” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 13246-13249.