Developing Photocatalysts through Novel Biochemistry (BUTT_U19DTP1)
- Research Area Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
- Partner The University of East Anglia (UEA)
Prof Julea Butt -
- Application Deadline 26/11/2018
Multiheme cytochromes are proposed as Nature's solution to effective long-range electron transfer. Chains of close-packed hemes span these proteins’ tertiary structures allowing electron transfer over distances exceeding cellular dimensions.
In this project you will join a dynamic team using multiheme cytochromes in novel biohybrid materials that convert sunlight into electrical and/or chemical energy by combining selective and efficient biocatalysts with the superior light-harvesting properties of abiotic photocatalysts when compared to natural photosystems.
Working in a supportive environment you will design, prepare and study multiheme cytochromes labelled with phototriggers of visible-light driven electron transfer. Biohybrids with the desired properties will be subject to detailed photochemical study and/or assembled in whole-cells for photocatalysis. Training will be provided in techniques including molecular biology, protein purification, protein engineering, photochemistry and spectroscopy.
The successful candidate should have (or expect to have) a UK Honours Degree (or equivalent) at 2.1 or above in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related subject and have interests in spectroscopy, synthetic biology and photochemistry.
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Julea Butt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter.
Photosensitised multiheme cytochromes as light-driven molecular wires and resistors. ChemBioChem (2018)
Light-driven H2 evolution and C=C or C=O bond hydrogenation by Shewanella oneidensis: A versatile strategy for photocatalysis by nonphotosynthetic microorganisms. ACS Catalysis (2017)
Carbon dots as versatile photosensitizers for solar-driven catalysis with redox enzymes. J Am Chem Soc (2016)