Professor Dr Rudolf K. Thauer, Emeritus


• C1 metabolism in methanogens and acetogens
• Syngas fermentations and flavins-based electron bifurcation

FEMS Expert: Professor Dr Rudolf K. Thauer, Emeritus

Member of Academy of EuropeEAM and Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences 

In 2008, together with Wolfgang Buckel, we discovered a new mechanism of energy coupling dubbed flavin-based electron bifurcation that is important for the understanding of the energy metabolism of many strictly anaerobic microorganisms, both bacteria and archaea. Since then, almost ten different electron-bifurcating cytoplasmic enzyme complexes have been identified, and for three of which we have already elucidated the crystal structure. Due to my retirement at the end of 2014 and the retirement of Wolfgang Buckel beginning in 2017, this work is now pursued in other labs, mainly in the USA.

Current Affiliations:

  • Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg

Past Affiliations:

  • Fachbereich Biologie, Laboratorium für Mikrobiologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg