Paul King's research interests are broadly in the study of photobiological and artificial photosynthetic systems for converting solar energy into biofuels. Specific areas of interest include using molecular, biochemical and biophysical techniques to investigate the catalytic mechanisms and structure-function of hydrogenases; bioenergetics of hydrogen metabolism in model green algae and anaerobes; and the photochemical processes that control photon conversion to reduced chemicals in enzyme-based hybrid complexes. These efforts seek to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms underlying energy transduction networks in photobiological and photochemical systems. Paul's long-term goal is to apply knowledge on the basic principles of biological energy conversion towards advancing solar conversion technologies for renewable energy applications.
Affiliated Research Programs
Photobiohybrid Solar Fuels, DOE-Basic Energy Sciences (PI)
Biologocal Electron Transfer and Catalysis (BETCy) EFRC, DOE-Basic Energy Sciences (coPI)
Areas of Expertise
Microbial Hydrogen Metabolism
Hydrogenases (Expression and Purification, Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms, and Biophysical and Biochemical Characterization)
Anaerobic Biochemistry and Bioenergetics
Enzyme-based Photochemical Conversion
Photobiological Hydrogen Production
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia-Athens
M.S., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scientist VI-Manager, Photobiology Group, NREL, Biosciences Center, 2012–present
Scientist IV/V, Photobiology Group, NREL, Biosciences Center, 2010–2012
Scientist, Photobiology Group, NREL, Biosciences Center, 2004–2010
Postdoctoral Associate, Photobiology Group, NREL, Biosciences Center, 2001–2004
Functional Studies of [FeFe] Hydrogenase Maturation in an Escherichia coli Biosynthetic System, Journal of Bacteriology (2006)
Controlled Assembly of Hydrogenase-CdTe Nanocrystal Hybrids for Solar Hydrogen Production, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2010)
Investigations on the Role of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Hydrogen Activation by [FeFe]-Hydrogenase, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014)
[FeFe]- and [NiFe]-hydrogenase Diversity, Mechanism, and Maturation, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta—Molecular Cell Research (2015)
Activation Thermodynamics and H/D Kinetic Isotope Effect of the Hox to HredH+ Transition in [FeFe] Hydrogenase, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2017)
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