Molecular-level design and development of catalysts and processes for biological systems applications Grant uri icon


  • Biological systems are complex and most processes associated with such systems are controlled by an intricate network of molecular processes that involve inter-molecular interactions. Some of these interactions are favorable (e.g., when the processes involve the production of valuable agricultural products) and some are unfavorable (e.g., when these interactions become a part of a disease process that makes animals and plants sick). As of yet, there are no clear approaches to extraneously control catalytically-driven processes. The overall goal of my research program is to understand and utilize biomolecular interactions to control agriculturally relevant products and processes that are critical for our survival. The objectives of the program include: 1) Utilization of surface interactions among biomolecules and extraneous ligands for chemical dewatering and separation of valuable products from microbial biomass; and 2) Catalytic control of processes via the molecular level design of catalysts (to improve favorable reactions) and ligands (to inhibit unwanted reactions) in the presence of extraneous stimuli.

date/time interval

  • 2019 - 2024