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DirectFuel

DirectFuel

Direct biological conversion of solar energy to volatile hydrocarbon fuels by engineered cyanobacteria.

http://www.mib.ac.uk/research/portfolio/renewablefuel/

Budget: 
£3,154,578.00
Project date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Person

Prof Nigel Scrutton

Enzyme catalysts are central to life. They are the vehicles for delivering innovative bioscience solutions to chemicals manufacture, drug discovery, therapeutics and bioprocessing. They are the key enablers in the white biotechnology revolution, providing essential components in the new science of 'synthetic biology', offering new routes to biofuels, bulk and commodity chemicals and novel therapeutics.

Keywords: 
Quantum biology, Biology, Biocatalysis, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Energy, Biotechnology

Person

Prof David Leys

The research in our group mainly uses x-ray crystallography and a range of other techniques to address how macromolecular structure determines function. We focus on several aspects: how do proteins interact with other macromolecules (RNA, DNA or other proteins) or their substrates?  How do enzymes work, particularly those for which mechanistic insight is lacking? Protein structures also form the basis of protein engineering and for structure-based drug design.

Keywords: 
Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Polymers