A team of scientists, including many in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, uncovered new details about the reaction that powers photosynthesis. Understanding this reaction could lead to world-changing advances in technology, medicine, or energy––and also gives insight into how the enzyme photosystem II produces the oxygen we breathe. Their latest work was recently published in Nature Communications and two of the authors, Vittal Yachandra and Philipp Simon, spoke with Strategic Communications about that, shooting stuff with lasers, and why they chose this field of research.
Bioscientists Junko Yano, Vittal Yachandra, and Jan Kern led a multi-institutional collaboration to develop and demonstrate a novel Acoustic Droplet Ejection-“Droplet on Tape” method of sample delivery for free electron laser experiments. The study, which was published yesterday in Nature Methods, describes the techniques that were deployed at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source.