Molecular Structure of Shewanella oneidensis MtrF Decaheme Cytochrome. The structure provides molecular insight into how reduction of insoluble substrates (e.g., minerals), soluble substrates (e.g., flavins), and cytochrome redox partners might be possible in tandem at different termini of a trifurcated electron-transport chain on the cell surface. [Clarke et al. 2011. “Structure of a Bacterial Cell Surface Decaheme Electron Conduit,” PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1017200108.]
Molecular-Scale Processes emphasizes analyses of sorption/desorption, precipitation/dissolution, redox transformations, and other hydrobiogeochemical processes that can be fully understood only through detailed, mechanistic, molecular-scale studies. These process analyses form the basis for understanding the myriad different mechanisms affecting elemental (e.g., Fe, S, N, P, O), nutrient (e.g., C, N, P, S), and contaminant (e.g., Cr, U, Pu, Tc, Hg, Np, I) mobility and cycling in the environment across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.
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