Workshop Details
Proton Transfer in Biology (VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT)
06/22/2021 - 06/26/2021
Meeting Description:

Proton transfer reactions are of central importance in all areas of study concerning redox systems, ionic reactions and chemical catalysis, and there is significant recognition of the connection between biological and chemical reactions involving carbon acids and other very weakly acidic functionalities, i.e., the classical area of acid-base catalysis. However, the lack of detailed structural information has greatly impeded meaningful attention being paid to mechanisms of long-distance proton transport, in spite of its central role in bioenergy conversion by chemiosmotic systems. Recent successes in structure determination of the major energy-transducing membrane proteins have now set the stage for real advancement is this area. Just as the photosynthetic reaction center was invaluable for the development and testing of theoretical understanding of electron transfer in aperiodic systems, generally, so can proton transporting proteins can inform such developing fields as polymer membrane designs for fuel cells, non-aqueous electrolyte solutions, and matrix materials for heterogeneous catalysis. This is becoming an important focus area of productive cross-disciplinary exchange. The objective of the conference is to bring together scientists in diverse fields, who share interests in the structure and function of systems that transport protons and water. The emphasis is on long-range movements in biological membranes and model systems, but short-range proton and hydrogen atom transfers are also included to provide understanding of the nature of rate limiting events. The contributing fields include membrane biophysics, electrophysiology, structural biology of membrane proteins, bioenergetics, theoretical approaches to proton transfer, coupling of proton movements to electron transfer and conformational changes, molecular dynamics simulations, computation of protein electrostatics, spectroscopy and sensory transduction.


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Proton Transfer in Biology (VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
(Grace), Yu Liu University of Chicago
Amdursky, Nadav Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Bernardi, Austen University of Utah
Bondar, Ana Nicoleta University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics
Brown, Leonid University of Guelph
Burton, Hannah University of Utah
Cui, Qiang Boston University
Deng, Jiahua Boston University
Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon Yale University
Heberle, Joachim Freie Universitaet Berlin
Hellwig, Petra University of Strasbourg
Henzler-Wildman, Katherine University of Wisconsin - Madison
Kozlova, Maria School of Physics, Osnabrück University
Kratochvil, Huong Tran University of California-San Francisco
Li, Chenghan The University of Chicago
Moore, Ana Arizona State University
Moore, Thomas Arizona State University
Mulkidjanian, Armen School of Physics, Osnabrueck University
Reinhardt, Clorice Yale University
Schubert, Luiz Freie Universitaet Berlin
Stuchebrukhov, Alexei UC Davis
Voth, Gregory A. The University of Chicago

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