440422 Strategies and Challenges in Biological Methane-to-liquid Fuel Conversion

Monday, November 9, 2015: 2:00 PM
155D (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Steven Mansoorabadi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Methanotrophic microorganisms utilize a number of distinct enzyme systems for methane activation, including soluble and particulate methane monooxygenase (MMO) and methyl-coenzyme M reductase (MCR). Each of these metalloenzymes employ different inorganic cofactors (containing iron, copper, or nickel, respectively) for single-site C-H bond activation. The use of these enzyme systems in the bioconversion of methane presents unique opportunities and challenges. Recent progress in developing these systems in methane-to-liquid fuel conversion strategies will be presented, with an emphasis on MCR from methanogenic and methanotrophic archaea.

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