Research interests

  • EPR spectroscopy
  • method development and applications to biological systems, e.g., photosystems
  • photoreceptors
  • hydrogenases
  • dehydrogenases
  • organic electronics, e.g., solar cell materials

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2015 Bruker Lecture Prize, EPR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry
1997 Young Investigator Award, International EPR (ESR) Society
1985 Award of a PhD fellowship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Prof. Dr. Robert Bittl
FU Berlin
Department of Physics
Arnimallee 14
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838-56149

Publications (selection)

L. R. Weiss, S. L. Bayliss, F. Kraffert, K. J. Thorley, J. E. Anthony, R. Bittl, R. H. Friend, A. Rao, N. C. Greenham, J. Behrends, Strongly exchange-coupled triplet pairs in an organic semiconductor, Nature Physics 2017, 13, 176–181.

E. F. Yee, R. P. Diensthuber, A. T. Vaidya, P. P. Borbat, C. Engelhard, J. H. Freed, R. Bittl, A. Möglich, B. R. Crane, Signal transduction in light–oxygen–voltage receptors lacking the adduct-forming cysteine residue, Nature Communications 2015, 6, 10079.

A. Hahn, C. Engelhard, S. Reschke, C. Teutloff, R. Bittl, S. Leimkühler, T. Risse, Structural insights into the incorporation of the Mo cofactor into sulfite oxidase from site directed spin labeling, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 1–6.

C. Engelhard, X. Wang, D. Robles, J. Moldt, L.-O. Essen, A. Batschauer, R. Bittl, M. Ahmad, Cellular metabolites enhance light sensitivity through alternate electron transfer pathways in Arabidopsis cryptochrome, The Plant Cell 2014, 26, 4519–4513.

S. Frielingsdorf, J. Fritsch, A. Schmidt, M. H., J. Löwenstein, E. Siebert, V. Pelmenschikov, T. Jaenicke, J. Kalms, Y. Rippers, F. Lendzian, I. Zebger, C. Teutloff, M. Kaupp, R. Bittl, P. Hildebrandt, B. Friedrich, O. Lenz, P. Scheerer, Reversible [4Fe-3S] cluster morphing in an O2-tolerant [NiFe] hydrogenase, Nature Chemical Biology 2014, 10, 378–385.

J. B. Nieder, R. Bittl, M. Brecht, Fluorescence studies into the effect of plasmonic interactions on protein function, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2010, 49, 10217–10220.

M. Horch, L. Lauterbach, Saggu, P. Hildebrandt, F. Lendzian, R. Bittl, O. Lenz, I. Zebger, Probing the active site of an O2-tolerant NAD+ reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha H16 by in situ EPR and FTIR spectroscopy, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2010, 49, 8026–8029.

N. Hoang, E. Schleicher, S. Kacprzak, J.-P. Bouly, M. Picot, W. Wu, A. Berndt, E. Wolf, R. Bittl, M. Ahmad, Human and Drosophila cryptochromes are light activated by flavin photoreduction in living cells, PLoS ONE 2008, 6, 1559–1569.

R. Banerjee, E. Schleicher, S. Meier, R. Muñoz Viana, R. Pokorny, M. Ahmad, R. Bittl, A. Batschauer, The signaling state of arabidopsis cryptochrome 2 contains flavin semiquinone, The Journal of Biological Chemistry 2007, 282, 14916–14922.

J.-P. Bouly, E. Schleicher, M. Dionisio-Sese, F. Vandenbussche, D. Van Der Straeten, N. Bakrim, Meier, A. Batschauer, P. Galland, R. Bittl, M. Ahmad, Cryptochrome blue light photoreceptors are activated through interconversion of flavin redox states, The Journal of Biological Chemistry 2007, 282, 9383–9391.