Dr. Luther's research interest cover a wide range of areas including redox reactions in the environment, trace element speciation in marine waters and sediments including metal-ligand complexes, biogeochemical processes in marine environments, application of molecular orbital theory to geochemical processes, in situ electrochemistry and microelectrode technology. Dr. Luther's research group also emphasizes research that interfaces chemistry with biology with the view that chemistry drives biology.
A variety of research projects with colleagues and students along the East Pacific Rise
Microbial Fe(II) oxidation with Clara Chan; David Emerson, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science.
Nanoparticulate pyrite and metal sulfides at hydrothermal vents including synthesis and stability; Hydrothermal vent work at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Development of In situ redox sensor and microelectrode technology for the determination of biologically relevant species in sediments, waters and cultures with Donald Nuzzio, Analytical Instrument Systems, Inc.
Sulfur and iron biogeochemistry at hydrothermal vents using in situ microelectrodes with Rich Lutz, Rutgers University; Peter Girguis, Harvard University; and Chuck Fisher, Penn State.
Manganese Cycling in the marine environment with Brad Tebo, Oregon Health and Science University; Alfonso Mucci and Bjørn Sundby (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) and Sergey Konovalov, Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Ukraine.
Microbial phototrophic sulfide oxidation with Tom Hanson.