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Design of Protein-Based Hybrid Catalysts for Fuel Production

Abstract One of the greatest problems facing society today is the development of a

sustainable, carbon neutral energy source to curb the reliance on fossil fuel combustion as the primary source of energy. To overcome this challenge, research efforts have turned to biology for inspiration, as nature is adept at inter-converting low molecular weight precursors into complex molecules. A number of inorganic catalysts have been reported that mimic the active sites of energy-relevant enzymes such as hydrogenases and carbon monoxide dehydrogenase. However, these inorganic models fail to achieve the high activity of the enzymes, which function in aqueous systems, as they lack the critical secondary-shell interactions that enable the active site of enzymes ... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Sommer, Dayn Joseph (Author) / Ghirlanda, Giovanna (Advisor) / Redding, Kevin (Committee member) / Moore, Gary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biochemistry / Inorganic chemistry / Cobalt catalysts / Computational chemistry / Fuel production / Iron-sulfur clusters / Protein engineering / Redox chemistry
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 164 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biochemistry 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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