- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Foundation Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Wim Vermaas’s research focuses on the molecular biology and cell physiology of cyanobacteria, a type of photosynthetic microorganisms. Vermaas’s team is researching strains of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis that can create renewable raw materials, made from sunlight and CO2, for biofuels and the chemical industry. In this way, Synechocystis is turned into a “milking cow”— producing and excreting valuable products for human use.
His lab is also determining how thylakoid membranes, the place where light capture and energy conversion in photosynthesis occur, are synthesized.
Professor Vermaas is director of an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program in Solar Energy (IGERT-SUN) funded by the National Science Foundation. He is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recognized at ASU for cutting-edge research, creative activities and excellence in classroom performance.
- DSc, cum laude, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands, 1984
- Ingenieurs, Biology, cum laude, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands, 1982
- Kandidaats, Biology, cum laude, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands, 1980
- biological hydrogen
- alternative fuels
- renewable energy
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- green chemistry
- alternative/renewable energy
- biochemicals/biochemical industry
- solar energy
Ikeuchi, M., B. Eggers, G. Shen, A. Webber, J. Yu, A. Hirano, Y. Inoue and W. Vermaas. 1991. Cloning of the psbK gene from Synechocystis sp., PCC 6803 and characterization of photosystem II in mutants lacking PSII-K. Journal of Biological Chemistry 266(17):11,111-11,115. (link )