Since proton pumping provides only 20 kJ of reversible work per mole of H+, the passage of approximately three protons through the ATP synthase enzyme is needed to produce 1 mole of ATP.
The theory described above, called the chemiosmotic model, was proposed by Peter Mitchell circa 1961. It has withstood the rigors of considerable experimental testing, and won Mitchell a Nobel Prize.
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