I started out studying chemistry and physics at ANU, then went on to do honours and I’m currently in the final year of my PhD. I went into photosynthesis research, a topic that requires a very broad range of knowledge. In particular, the enzyme Photosystem II has long been a focus of research at the RSC. The main topic of my PhD research is on using a technique called Magnetic Circular Dichroism to study Photosystem II, working with Elmars Krausz and Nick Cox as supervisors. From this work we have gained new insights into how plants and algae can produce oxygen from water so efficiently.
Nürnberg, D.J., et al., Photochemistry beyond the red limit in chlorophyll f–containing photosystems, Science, 2018, 360, p. 1210-1213
Morton, J., et al., Structured near-infrared Magnetic Circular Dichroism spectra of the Mn4CaO5 cluster of PSII in T. vulcanus are dominated by Mn(IV) d-d 'spin-flip' transitions. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 2018. 1859(2): p. 88-98.
Langley, J., et al., The deep red state of photosystem II in Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Photosynthetica, 2018. 56(1): p. 275-278.
Morton, J., et al., Optical identification of the long-wavelength (700-1700 nm) electronic excitations of the native reaction centre, Mn4CaO5 cluster and cytochromes of photosystem II in plants and cyanobacteria. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 2015. 1847(2): p. 153-161.
Morton, J., et al., Determination of the PS I content of PS II core preparations using selective emission: A new emission of PS II at 780 nm. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics, 2014. 1837(1): p. 167-177.