Themed collection Biohybrid approaches for energy conversion

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Open Access Perspective

Supramolecular strategies in artificial photosynthesis

This review describes supramolecular strategies for optimization and integration of components needed for the fundamentals of artificial photosynthesis: light harvesting, charge-separation and catalysis, which are relevant for solar-to-fuel devices.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular strategies in artificial photosynthesis
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Open Access Perspective

The Hitchhiker's guide to biocatalysis: recent advances in the use of enzymes in organic synthesis

Enzymes are excellent catalysts that are increasingly being used in industry and academia. This Perspective provides a general and practical guide to enzymes and their synthetic potential, primarily aimed at synthetic organic chemists.

Graphical abstract: The Hitchhiker's guide to biocatalysis: recent advances in the use of enzymes in organic synthesis
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Open Access Feature Article

Successes, challenges, and opportunities for quantum chemistry in understanding metalloenzymes for solar fuels research

Overview of the rich and diverse contributions of quantum chemistry to understanding the structure and function of the biological archetypes for solar fuel research, photosystem II and hydrogenases.

Graphical abstract: Successes, challenges, and opportunities for quantum chemistry in understanding metalloenzymes for solar fuels research
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Feature Article

Bioinspired metal complexes for energy-related photocatalytic small molecule transformation

This article features the recent progress of bioinspired metal complexes as catalysts with high stability, specific selectivity and satisfactory efficiency to drive multiple-electron and multiple-proton related to small molecule transformation.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired metal complexes for energy-related photocatalytic small molecule transformation
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Review Article

Design of molecular water oxidation catalysts with earth-abundant metal ions

Guiding principle to design earth-abundant water oxidation catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Design of molecular water oxidation catalysts with earth-abundant metal ions
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Review Article

Biochemical and artificial pathways for the reduction of carbon dioxide, nitrite and the competing proton reduction: effect of 2nd sphere interactions in catalysis

Reduction of oxides and oxoanions of carbon and nitrogen are of great contemporary importance as they are crucial for a sustainable environment.

Graphical abstract: Biochemical and artificial pathways for the reduction of carbon dioxide, nitrite and the competing proton reduction: effect of 2nd sphere interactions in catalysis
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Review Article

[FeFe]-Hydrogenases: maturation and reactivity of enzymatic systems and overview of biomimetic models

[FeFe]-hydrogenases recieved increasing interest in the last decades. This review summarises important findings regarding their enzymatic reactivity as well as inorganic models applied as electro- and photochemical catalysts.

Graphical abstract: [FeFe]-Hydrogenases: maturation and reactivity of enzymatic systems and overview of biomimetic models
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Open Access Review Article

Molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction: recent advances and perspectives in electrochemical and light-driven processes with selected Fe, Ni and Co aza macrocyclic and polypyridine complexes

Recent developments in (photo)electrochemical CO2 reduction combining Fe, Ni, and Co molecular complexes and (semi)conductive materials have led to high catalytic performances.

Graphical abstract: Molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction: recent advances and perspectives in electrochemical and light-driven processes with selected Fe, Ni and Co aza macrocyclic and polypyridine complexes
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Open Access Review Article

Semi-biological approaches to solar-to-chemical conversion

This review provides an overview of the cross-disciplinary field of semi-artificial photosynthesis, which combines strengths of biocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis to develop new concepts and approaches for solar-to-chemical conversion.

Graphical abstract: Semi-biological approaches to solar-to-chemical conversion
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Open Access Review Article

Nature-inspired electrocatalysts and devices for energy conversion

A NICE approach for the design of nature-inspired electrocatalysts and electrochemical devices for energy conversion.

Graphical abstract: Nature-inspired electrocatalysts and devices for energy conversion
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Review Article

Harvest and utilization of chemical energy in wastes by microbial fuel cells

Energy generated from wastes by using MFC technology could be effectively stored and utilized for real-world applications.

Graphical abstract: Harvest and utilization of chemical energy in wastes by microbial fuel cells
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Open Access Tutorial Review

New frontiers in enzyme immobilisation: robust biocatalysts for a circular bio-based economy

This tutorial review focuses on recent advances in technologies for enzyme immobilisation, enabling their cost-effective use in the bio-based economy and continuous processing in general.

Graphical abstract: New frontiers in enzyme immobilisation: robust biocatalysts for a circular bio-based economy
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Open Access Tutorial Review

Roadmap towards solar fuel synthesis at the water interface of liposome membranes

This tutorial review describes the physical–chemical aspects one must consider when building photocatalytic liposomes for solar fuel production.

Graphical abstract: Roadmap towards solar fuel synthesis at the water interface of liposome membranes
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Tutorial Review

Tools and strategies of systems metabolic engineering for the development of microbial cell factories for chemical production

This tutorial review covers tools, strategies, and procedures of systems metabolic engineering facilitating the development of microbial cell factories efficiently producing chemicals and materials.

Graphical abstract: Tools and strategies of systems metabolic engineering for the development of microbial cell factories for chemical production
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Tutorial Review

Engineering enzyme microenvironments for enhanced biocatalysis

Protein engineering provides a means to alter protein structure leading to new functions.

Graphical abstract: Engineering enzyme microenvironments for enhanced biocatalysis
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Open Access Communication

Artificial maturation of [FeFe] hydrogenase in a redox polymer film

We demonstrate that the insertion of the dinuclear active site of [FeFe] hydrogenase into the apo-enzyme can occur when the enzyme is embedded in a film of redox polymer, under conditions of mediated electron transfer.

Graphical abstract: Artificial maturation of [FeFe] hydrogenase in a redox polymer film
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Communication

Kinetic and mechanistic analysis of a synthetic reversible CO2/HCO2 electrocatalyst

A kinetic and mechanistic analysis of [Pt(depe)2](PF6)2, an electrocatalyst for the reversible conversion between CO2 and HCO2 with high selectivity at low overpotentials.

Graphical abstract: Kinetic and mechanistic analysis of a synthetic reversible CO2/HCO2− electrocatalyst
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Communication

A NiRhS fuel cell catalyst – lessons from hydrogenase

Novel dry-distilled catalysts based on Rh, Ni and S were developed via a Ni(μ-S)2Rh organometallic [NiFe]hydrogenase mimic.

Graphical abstract: A NiRhS fuel cell catalyst – lessons from hydrogenase
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Open Access Communication

Reactivation of sulfide-protected [FeFe] hydrogenase in a redox-active hydrogel

[FeFe] hydrogenases are highly active hydrogen conversion catalysts, whose oxygen sensitivity prevents their widespread application. Here, an oxygen-stable inactive form was reactivated in a redox hydrogel enabling its practical use under air.

Graphical abstract: Reactivation of sulfide-protected [FeFe] hydrogenase in a redox-active hydrogel
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Communication

Controlled O2 reduction at a mixed-valent (II,I) Cu2S core

Oxygen reduction reactions catalyzed by a mixed-valent copper complex reveal a tuneable H2O2/H2O selectivity at room temperature together with high stability over several cycles.

Graphical abstract: Controlled O2 reduction at a mixed-valent (II,I) Cu2S core
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Open Access Communication

Photoenzymatic epoxidation of styrenes

Photochemical reduction of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) enables the direct, non-enzymatic regeneration of styrene monooxygenase for enantiospecific epoxidation reactions.

Graphical abstract: Photoenzymatic epoxidation of styrenes
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Open Access Edge Article

Chemo-bio catalysis using carbon supports: application in H2-driven cofactor recycling

Heterogeneous chemo-bio catalytic hydrogenation is an attractive strategy for clean, enantioselective C[double bond, length as m-dash]X reduction.

Graphical abstract: Chemo-bio catalysis using carbon supports: application in H2-driven cofactor recycling
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Open Access Edge Article

Phenazines as model low-midpoint potential electron shuttles for photosynthetic bioelectrochemical systems

Phenazines were explored as novel low-midpoint potential molecules for wiring cyanobacteria to electrodes.

Graphical abstract: Phenazines as model low-midpoint potential electron shuttles for photosynthetic bioelectrochemical systems
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Open Access Edge Article

Visible light-driven simultaneous water oxidation and quinone reduction by a nano-structured conjugated polymer without co-catalysts

Nanostructured conjugated polymers of diphenylbutadiyne (nano-PDPB) can perform photocatalytic water oxidation under visible light excitation. Charge recovery delayed in time was exemplified by the reduction of quinone acting as a hydrogen reservoir.

Graphical abstract: Visible light-driven simultaneous water oxidation and quinone reduction by a nano-structured conjugated polymer without co-catalysts
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Open Access Edge Article

Spectroscopic investigations under whole-cell conditions provide new insight into the metal hydride chemistry of [FeFe]-hydrogenase

The mechanism of hydrogen gas formation by [FeFe] hydrogenase is probed under whole cell conditions, revealing the formation of reactive metal hydride species under physiologically relevant conditions.

Graphical abstract: Spectroscopic investigations under whole-cell conditions provide new insight into the metal hydride chemistry of [FeFe]-hydrogenase
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Open Access Edge Article

Investigation of photocurrents resulting from a living unicellular algae suspension with quinones over time

Quinones are dual compounds able to extract photosynthetic electrons from living organisms but with long-term poisoning effects.

Graphical abstract: Investigation of photocurrents resulting from a living unicellular algae suspension with quinones over time
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Open Access Edge Article

Pyrene hydrogel for promoting direct bioelectrochemistry: ATP-independent electroenzymatic reduction of N2

We demonstrate a novel hydrogel material to facilitate direct bioelectrochemistry of a wide range of redox proteins and enable ATP-independent electroenzymatic reduction of N2 by nitrogenase.

Graphical abstract: Pyrene hydrogel for promoting direct bioelectrochemistry: ATP-independent electroenzymatic reduction of N2
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Open Access Edge Article

Electron transfer in an acidophilic bacterium: interaction between a diheme cytochrome and a cupredoxin

Electrochemical studies of diheme cytochrome/cupredoxin complexes provide new insights into the electron transfer pathway in an acidophilic bacterium.

Graphical abstract: Electron transfer in an acidophilic bacterium: interaction between a diheme cytochrome and a cupredoxin
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Open Access Edge Article

Transfer of photosynthetic NADP+/NADPH recycling activity to a porous metal oxide for highly specific, electrochemically-driven organic synthesis

A bio-hybrid material has been discovered, which offers a new direction for fast, specific enzyme-catalyzed organic synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Transfer of photosynthetic NADP+/NADPH recycling activity to a porous metal oxide for highly specific, electrochemically-driven organic synthesis
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About this collection

Biohybrid approaches for energy conversion is a flourishing research area that combines the strengths of synthetic and materials chemistry with biology to deliver sustainable renewable energy solutions. These involve the creation of diverse bio-material interfaces (for example between proteins/enzymes/living cells and molecules/colloids/bulk materials) for electron and/or energy exchange and also includes the mimicry of biological active sites and processes by purely artificial chemical strategies.  

In this themed collection, Guest Edited by Nicolas Plumeré (Technical University of Munich), Erwin Reisner (Cambridge University) and Jenny Zhang (Cambridge University), a selection of articles from the last 3 years or so showcasing innovative work carried out in this field published in Chemical Science, Chemical Communications or Chemical Society Reviews have been collected. This is in the lead up to the annual Chemical Science symposium in September 2021, which will feature some of the most exciting biohybrid approaches and possibilities for energy conversion to date.


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