Enzymes and enzyme-inspired catalysts
Dr. Annika Eisenschmidt
University of Cambridge (Department of Chemistry)
The impressive efficiency and activity of enzymes has inspired a wide variety of research including but not limited to the elucidation of mechanisms, development of biomimetic molecular catalysts and application of enzyme-based systems. In this talk, three selected research projects from various areas of enzyme-inspired catalysis are presented:
-solar-driven enzymatic carbon dioxide fixation with a bio-hybrid setup as an example for a biomimetic system
-cobaloxime-driven water reduction for hydrogen production, demonstrating the path to understanding the mechanistic action of model complexes in water splitting and
-dinuclear copper(II) patellamide complexes as an example for the search for the metabolic relevance of a ribosomally expressed cyclic peptide
The talk aims at giving an insight in current research topics in the field of enzyme-inspired catalysis and will highlight the prospects and challenges of their future development.