Research of the PTC Institute concerns the investigation of the microkinetics, molecular dynamics and structure of biomolecules and model systems.
Research topics focus on the investigation of chemical, biochemical and biophysical processes in complex enviroments, described at a molecular level. To this end, a variety of methods from modern physics, chemistry and biochemistry are combined in an interdisciplinary setting. Some emphasis is placed on the development of new spectroscopic and theoretical techniques that allow one to characterize complex systems and the underlying fundamental processes with increasing precision.
The PTC Institute currently hosts the following research groups:
AK Prisner: Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy
AK Wachtveitl: Time resolved molecular spectroscopy
AK Burghardt: Theoretical chemistry of complex systems
AK Heilemann: Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy
AK Schäfer: Theoretical Biophysical Chemistry (Emmy Noether fellow)
AK Corzilius: Solid-State Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (Emmy Noether fellow)
AK Brutschy (Emr.): Mass Spectrometry and Laser Spectroscopy of Biomolecules
The PTC Institute is connected to various research initiatives at the Goethe University, including the Collaborative Research Center "Transport and Communication across Biological Membranes" (SFB 807), the Collaborative Research Center "Molecular Principles of RNA-Based Regulation" (SFB 902), the Cluster of Excellence "Macromolecular Complexes" (CEF), the Center for Membrane Proteomics (CMP) and the Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ).