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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. 

Please contact me with research questions, ideas for collaborations, and questions about the Photobiology Group and BETCy EFRC work at NREL. Please do NOT contact me directly for jobs—see instead information on NREL's Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship program or on NREL Careers in general. 

Research Interests

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

Professional Experience

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 

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia-Athens

Master, Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor, Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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