Solar bio-fuels and CO2 capture/conversion

Solar bio-fuels and CO2 capture/conversion

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Enzymes as well as electrotrophic bacteria can utilize an electrode potential as energy for challenging redox catalysis, e.g. water splitting and conversions utilizing CO2. We investigate the enzymes, processes and cellular regulation involved in electrotrophic metabolism. Pathway engineering e.g. through introduction of extremophilic proteins will be used to efficiently synthesis of terpenoids and polykettides from electricity, CO2 and water. Engineered microbes will hence allow efficient and cheap access to carbon neutral high energy fuels (e.g. pinenes) as well as high value chemicals pharmaceuticals.

Publications

Key references: 1) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 5756; 2) PNAS 2010, 107, 1077; 3) J. Mol. Biol. 2010, 404, 600-610.