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KABI5042 Biophysics of photosynthesis 4 ECTS
Organised by
Molecular Plant Biology
Person in charge
Esa Tyystjärvi

Learning outcomes

The student understands the biophysical basics of photosynthesis and the most important biophysical research techniques, including biophysical modeling of the results.


The lectures describe the concepts of energy and chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, interaction between light and matter, light reactions and electron transfer in photosynthesis, quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence, thermoluminescence, reduction of P700, electrochromic shift, probing the redox state of QA with fluorescence, and use of modeling software. In the practicals, the students measure and model the results of oxygen flash yield, thermoluminescence, decay of fluorescence yield after a single turnover flash and P700 redox state and electrochromic shift.

Teaching methods

Lectures and practicals

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Written exam (lectures) and participation to practicals and written reports.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
1-5 (exam); accept/fail (reports from practicals)

Recommended year of study

1st or 2nd year of Master's degree studies.

Oraganized in spring 2018.

Study materials

Powerpoints; also written instructions for the practicals.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Biochemistry
DP in Biochemistry
DP Bachelor of Science in Tech. (Biotechnology)
DP in Biochemistry
DP in Food Chemistry
DP on Molecular Biology and Bioenergetics
DP in Biotechnology
Finnish Study Modules