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Dr Martin Volk

Senior Lecturer Chemistry

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    Dr. Volk’s research interests focus on the application of time-resolved spectroscopy to the investigation of a broad range of chemical and biological processes. These include the dissociation and coherent motion of small molecules, inter- and intramolecular electron transfer in model systems and proteins, and ligand dynamics and energy relaxation in heme proteins.
    In Liverpool, Dr. Volk started to investigate fast processes of protein folding, using a nanosecond temperature-jump setup with high signal-to-noise IR detection. With this highly sensitive setup, he made major world-recognised contributions to the current knowledge of fast protein folding dynamics, especially of alpha-helix folding dynamics.
    More recently, he became involved in research on gold nanoparticles, esp. the structure and dissociation dynamics of peptide capping layers on such nanoparticles and the application of gold nanoparticles in photodynamic therapy.

    Research Group Membership

    Research Grants

    Far-UV CD-measurements for the observation of fast processes of protein folding

    ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

    January 2010 - January 2012

    Nanosecond folding dynamics of alpha-helical peptides.

    THE NUFFIELD FOUNDATION (UK)

    June 2003 - September 2003

    Correlation between side chain helix propensity and fast folding dynamics of a-helical peptides

    ROYAL SOCIETY (CHARITABLE)

    February 2006

    Isotope-edited time-resolved IR spectroscopy for the observation of fast peptide dynamics at residue level.

    ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

    September 2001 - August 2004

    Research Collaborations

    Dr Heike Arnolds

    Internal

    Prof. M. Brust

    Internal

    Prof. C. Alexander

    External: University of Nottingham

    Dr. Nguyen Than

    Internal

    Dr. R. Skinner

    External: Unilever

    Prof. C.A. Hunter and Prof. J.P. Waltho

    External: University of Sheffield

    Dr David Martin

    Internal

    Dr Andrew Hodgson

    Internal

    Prof SM Decatur

    External: Mount Holyoke College

    collaboration on fast folding dynamics of isotopically labelled peptides

    Dr E Gooding

    External: Swarthmore College

    Prof SM Roberts

    Internal