28 Dec '16, 4pm

UC Irvine team discovers nitrogenase Fe protein can reduce CO2 to CO; implications for biofuel production

UC Irvine team discovers nitrogenase Fe protein can reduce CO2 to CO; implications for biofuel production 28 December 2016 A team at the University of California, Irvine has discovered that the iron protein (the reductase component) of the natural enzyme nitrogenase can, independent of its natural catalytic partner, convert CO2 to carbon monoxide (CO)—a syngas used to produce useful biofuels and other chemical products. The team, led by Professor Yilin Hu (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), also found that they could express the reductase component alone in the soil bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii to convert CO2 in a manner more applicable to large-scale production of CO. This whole-cell system could be explored further for new ways of recycling atmospheric CO2 into biofuels and other commercial chemical products. A paper on their work is published in the journal Nature...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/12/20161228-uci.html

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