About the group:
Especially in the light of climate change, we need fundamentally new concepts to generate and use environmentally friendly and climate-compatible forms of energy, so-called 'green energy'. The main focus of the Photobiotechnology group is the study and biotechnological application of hydrogen-forming enzymes (hydrogenases) and other redox enzymes, which assume important functions in microbial energy metabolism (we mainly study photosynthetic microorganisms) or which catalyze industrially relevant chemical syntheses. Our future-oriented, internationally connected research with strong links to industrial biotechnology is conducted at the interface of microbiology, biochemistry and chemical biology. To elucidate structure-function relationships of biotechnologically relevant enzymes, we use a variety of state-of-the-art genetic, biochemical and biophysical methods and cooperate nationally and internationally with leading scientists (e.g. Oxford, Osaka etc). Applying enzyme engineering, we also create bio-inspired novel biocatalysts which can be used in a future application in the context of a bio-based industry as miniaturized, robust catalysts in H2 technologies and in 'green' chemistry.
What they are looking for in students:
The candidate should have a high level of enthusiasm for the topics of hydrogen, biochemistry and biocatalysts. He should be able to develop ideas independently and work reliably and cooperatively with our co-workers. He should speak English well, as we are an international group.
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