Gustav Berggren

Current position : Researcher at Stockholm University (Sjöberg Group)

Gustav Berggren obtained his degree in Chemical engineering in 2005 at the Royal Institute of Engineering (KTH), in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his PhD degree in chemistry, specializing in molecular biomimetics from Uppsala University in 2009. There he worked on synthetic mimics of redox active Mn-enzymes (e.g. Photosystem II and Mn-catalase) in the group of Stenbjörn Styring. He joined the group of Marc Fontecave and Vincent Artero at CEA Grenoble in 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow. During his time in the group he worked on preparing artificial hydrogenase enzymes by incorporating synthetic complexes into scaffold proteins. Furthermore he developed a procedure for activating apo-[FeFe] hydrogenases using synthetic active-site analogues.


His main research interests are in (bio-)technological applications of redox enzymes, and studies of the biosynthesis of their metallo-cofactors. He currently holds a position as a researcher in the group of Britt-Marie Sjöberg at the department of biochemistry and biophysics at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Selected Publications:

1. Biomimetic assembly and activation of [FeFe]-hydrogenases

G. Berggren, A. Adamska, C. Lambertz, T.R. Simmons, J. Esselborn, M. Atta, S. Gambarelli, J.M. Mouesca, E. Reijerse, W. Lubitz,  T. Happe, V. Artero and M. Fontecave

Nature, 2013, 499, 66-69


2. 4-demethylwyosine synthase from Pyrococcus abyssi is a Radical-SAM enzyme with an additional [4Fe-4S]+2 cluster which interacts with the pyruvate co-substrate

P. Perche-Letuvee, V. Kathirvelu, G. Berggren, M. Clemancey, J.M. Latour, V. Maurel, T. Douki, J. Armengaud, E.Mulliez, M. Fontecave, R. Garcia-Serres, S. Gambarelli, and M. Atta

Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2012, 41174-41185


3. FTIR Study of Manganese Dimers with Carboxylate Donors as Model Complexes for the Water Oxidation Complex in Photosystem II

G. Berggren, M.F. Anderlund, S. Styring and A. Thapper

Inorganic Chemistry, 2012, 2332-2337


Mechanistic Studies on the Water-Oxidizing Reaction of Homogeneous Manganese-Based Catalysts: Isolation and Characterization of a Suggested Catalytic Intermediate

G. Berggren, A. Thapper,P. Huang, L. Eriksson, Styring and M.F. Anderlund

Inorganic Chemistry, 2011, 3425-3430


Oxygen evolving reactions catalysed by synthetic manganese complexes: A systematic screening

P. Kurz, G. Berggren, M.F. Anderlund and S. Styring

Dalton Transactions, 2007, 4258-4261

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