Prof. Gadi Schuster

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology





I-CORE Research:

Photo(Electro)Chemical Conversion of Water & CO2 to H2, CO and O2

Integration of functional modules based on natural and modified biological elements with synthetic organic and inorganic functional materials. Recently, we have genetically engineered the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 to have a potential electron transfer conduit to a redox active protein in its natural water splitting photosystem, photosystem II (PSII). Similar mutations in thermophylic cyanobacteria (i.e., Thermosynechococcus elongatus), green algae (such as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) or higher plants will provide large amounts of easily obtainable biological catalysts for water photooxidation. Membranes isolated from this mutant strain (that continues to grow photautotrophically) are able to perform – in an extremely simple and non-polluting manner – light-dependent reduction of soluble electron acceptor proteins such as cytochrome c using water as the electron donor. This will enable electronic coupling of PSII with synthetic catalysts and electrode materials, thereby allowing integration in water splitting electrolytic cells.

Research Group:

Shirly Larom


Other Research Areas:

Control of gene expression in chloroplasts and mitochondria. RNA degradation and polyadenylation. Ribonucleases.

Supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation

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