Welcome to this year's new team members, Laura Alfs starts her PhD studies and Lewis Williams joins us for his Masters level research project. Both will be helping us learn more about the properties of, and possible applications for, photosensitised biomolecular wires.
Our paper describing the crystal structure of the Shewanella MTR outer membrane spanning electron conduit is published in Cell. The MTR protein complex allows electron exchange between electrodes and enzymes inside the bacteria. This property underpins electricity production by microbial fuel cells and microbial electrosynthesis of clean chemicals using electricity as green energy. Led by Marcus Edwards and Tom Clarke, our work reveals the MTR complex is a biological insulated molecular wire.
We welcome Laura Alfs, Holly Anderson and Josh Burton to the group for their final year research projects.
Congratulations to Sam Piper. He was awarded the prize for best talk at the School of Chemistry's Research Day. Our paper in JACS reports heme-heme electron transfer dynamics in solutions of a Shewanella multiheme cytochrome. The results demonstrate the opportunities for pump-probe spectroscopies to quantify interheme electron transfer in Ru-labelled multiheme cytochromes. The work is a collaboration with the groups of Steve Meech (UEA), Jochen Blumberger (UCL) and Igor Sazanovich and Mike Towrie (Central Laser Facility, Research Complex at Harwell).
Congratulations to Leon Jenner on being awarded his PhD for biophysical characterisation of di-heme thiosulfate dehydrogenases.
The front cover of Faraday Discussion 215: Artificial Photosynthesis highlights our manuscript describing membrane-spanning cytochromes as conduits for light-driven electron transfer across lipid-bilayers. Inspired by biological photosynthesis where charge separation occurs across thylakoid membranes, our work was performed in collaboration with the groups of Lars Jeuken (Leeds) and Erwin Reisner (Cambridge).
The group welcomes Laura Alfs and Jordan Swann for summer internships learning techniques of protein film electrochemistry.
We enjoyed a great day at the Royal Norfolk Show introducing visitors to electrically conductive proteins and explaining their potential contirbutions to sustainable technologies.
Welcome to Emanuele Boni from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. Emanuele joins the lab for his final year research project.
Our paper on photoreduction of a tetraheme cytochrome is featured on the front cover of ChemBioChem. The work was led by Jessica van Wonderen, Daobo Li and Sam Piper. Our study on electron transport in a tetraheme cytochrome led by David Cahen and Kavita Garg features on the inside cover of Chemical Science.
We were busy throughout Technology Day at the Norwich Science Festival as numerous guests enjoyed our interactive display exploring energy, microbial fuel cells and electricity conducing proteins.
Welcome to Izzy Ivory, Tom Petty and Charlie Stokes who join the group for their final year research projects and to Anna Ondrackova a PhD student from Brno, Czech Republic who joins us for 3 month exchange.
Leon wins a book voucher from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his poster 'Native Sulphur Chemistry Acts as a Switch for Electron Transfer Between Protein Redox Centres' at EuroBic 2018, Birmingham, UK.
The group are a the Latitude Festival in Suffolk show casing their research with an interactive display in the Kids Zone.
Jack Jones joins the lab for his Summer Vacation Studentship funded by the Biochemical Society.
Welcome to Zuzana Babkova a PhD student from Brno, Czech Republic who joins us for 3 month exchange.
Fabien Chappert from the University of Toulouse begins his 3 month project support by the Erasmus scheme for undergraduate students.
Marc Arderiu Romero from the University of Barcelona begins his 3 month project support by the Erasmus scheme for undergraduate students.
Congratulations to Sam Rowe on a successful defense of his PhD thesis.
Sam Piper's poster 'Photoreduction of an Extracellular Cytochrome' wins another prize - this time at the School of Chemistry's Research Day.
Sam Piper wins a prize for his poster 'Photoreduction of an Extracellular Cytochrome' at the meeting of the Bioelectrochemical Society in Lyon, France.
Leah Bundy joins the lab with a Summer Vacation Studentship funded by the Biochemical Society.
Dr Daobo Li joins us for a 1 year research fellowship funded by Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou NanoScience and Technology (NANO-CIC) and the Chinese Collaborative Academic Training Program for Post-doctoral Fellows.
Work led by Emma Ainsworth and Colin Lockwood features on the front cover of ChemBioChem.