New Materials Enable Hydrogen Synthesis
Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have discovered an efficient process for hydrogen biocatalysis. They developed semi-synthetic hydrogenases, hydrogen-generating enzymes, by adding the protein’s biological precursor to a chemically synthesized inactive iron complex. From these two components, the biological catalyst formed spontaneously in a test tube.
“Extracting hydrogenases from living cells is highly difficult,” says Prof. Thomas Happe, head of the work group Photobiotechnology at the RUB. “Therefore, their industrial application has always been a long way off. Now, we have made a decisive step towards the generation of bio-based materials.”
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