Making Hydrogen From Blood Component-Heme Protein

Sean Elliott, associate professor of chemistry is making hydrogen from blood. His research won him $100,000 grant from RCSA - Research Corporation for Science Advancement Foundation in the US.

Prof. Sean Elliot working on heme protein

He is working with heme protein which he says are critical wiring responsible for moving electrical charges in bacteria. And further explains that it is what keeps the bacteria alive - the transfer of electron-electricity from one compartment to the other.

His research team is working on introducing light sensitive artificial pigments into the heme proteins of darkness-dwelling microbes. They are hoping that the introduction of sunlight will trigger a chemical reaction and produce hydrogen in the process.

Multi-heme Protein Sequence
Heme Protein Sample

However the Professor said that there's still a lot to understand about the fundamental chemistry involving the proteins and enzymes that transfer electrons. And the biological design for them to be able to rewire the heme sequence.

Well, that was an intriguing new development in the quest for generating hydrogen sustainably and efficiently.

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