Date:07 Mar
Venue:LINXS (5th floor), Scheelevägen 19, Lund, Sweden


LINXS Guest Seminar: Advanced spectroscopic studies of C-H bond activating enzymes and molecular catalysts with Serena DeBeer

Prof. Serena DeBeer will present her group’s recent spectroscopic studies on methane monooxygenases, as well as recent work on lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases. She will also present the 2p3d resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) spectroscopic development efforts focused on high-valent iron oxo model complexes. These RIXS studies provide a unique experimental probe of two-state reactivity, enabling the previously elusive spin forbidden triplet to quintet transitions to be experimentally observed and correlated directly to reactivity.

Serena DeBeer is a Professor and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, an honorary faculty member at Ruhr University in Bochum, and the group leader of the PINK Beamline at the Energy Materials In‐Situ Laboratory at Helmholtz Zentrum in Berlin.

Research in the DeBeer group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding key mechanisms in biological, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.