Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Optimized hydrogenases for energy conversion application
SummaryIn the future, it could be more economical and environmentally friendly to use hydrogen as energy carrier. Many microorganisms are ahead of technology. They use the enzyme hydrogenase that contains abundant metals like iron and nickel, to cycle hydrogen, completely avoiding the use of precious metals like platinum. Learning how these enzymes work has provided scientists with clues to synthesize better semi-artificial hydrogenases and improve the performance of these hydrogenases in the harsh environment of a fuel cell.