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
Recent Honors and Awards
- Fellow, AAAS (2023)
- Summer SOTM AWIS-Chicago (2022)
- University of Chicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governor’s Distinguished Performance Award (2020)
- Women at the Forefront of Energy Research, ACS Energy Letters (2020)
- Speaker, Presidential Symposium, 248th ACS National Meeting (2014)
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 elucidating fundamental mechanisms of photosynthetic charge accumulation and photocatalysis
Select Recent Publications
- “Biohybrid photosynthetic charge accumulation detected by flavin semiquinone formation in ferredoxin-NADP+ reductase” Chemical Science, 2022. DOI:10.1039/d2sc01546c
- “Light-harvesting biohybrids for enhanced solar-to-chemical conversion technologies” Chem, 2022. DOI:10.1016/j.chempr.2021.12.011
- “Quantum sensing of electron transfer pathways in natural photosynthesis using time-resolved high-field EPR/ENDOR spectroscopy” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2021. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c00946
- “Preface to the special issue: photosynthesis-inspired biohybrid and biomimetic systems” Photosynthesis Research, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00703-z
- “Women at the forefront of energy research: A virtual issue” ACS Energy Letters, 2020. DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02695
- “Interprotein electron transfer biohybrid system for photocatalytic H2 production” Photosynthesis Research, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00705-x
- “Spin-correlated radical pairs as quantum sensors of bidirectional ET mechanisms in Photosystem I” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs/jpcb.9b06636
- “Z-scheme solar water splitting via self-assembly of photosystem I-catalyst hybrids in thylakoid membranes” Chemical Science, 2018. DOI:10.1039/c8sc02841a
- “Charge separation related to photocatalytic H2 production from a Ru-apoflavodoxin-Ni biohybrid” ACS Energy Letters, 2017. DOI:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00614
- “Ru-protein-Co biohybrids designed for solar hydrogen production: understanding electron transfer pathways related to photocatalytic function” Chemical Science, 2016, 7, 7068-7078.
- “Modular homogeneous chromophore-catalyst assemblies” Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49(5), 835-843.
- “Light-driven hydrogen production from Photosystem I-catalyst hybrids” Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2015, 25, 1-8.