Spotlight on Metalloenzymes - Bioinorganic Strategies for Converting Matter and Energy

Monday 23 September 2019, 12.30PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): See below for full speaker line-up

About the event

Cellular metabolism builds on a plethora of highly orchestrated biochemical reactions that convert matter and energy. Many of these reactions are catalysed by complex metalloenzymes, some of which can be traced back to the earliest known organisms and the emergence of life on earth. Besides a fundamental interest in their biological function and impact, metalloenzymes also represent valuable targets for sustainable approaches in industrial synthesis and energy supply. Exhibiting unrivalled efficiency and selectivity, they can be utilized in biotechnology and bio-inspired catalyst design if their structure, function, and dynamics are understood on a fundamental level.

This multidisciplinary symposium thus aims to bring together scientists from York and abroad to discuss recent progress and challenges in metalloenzyme research from a molecular, cellular, and application perspective. Since most processes catalysed by metalloenzymes are thermal reactions, a key objective of this meeting is to explore future avenues for using light as an additional reactant in order to provide new strategies for experimental control and sustainable reaction cascades.


Titles of individual talks will be added as they are confirmed 

Session 1 | Chair: Neil Hunt

12.30 Introduction

12.40 Paul Walton, University of York

13.10 Alison Parkin, University of York

13.40 Philip Ash, University of Leicester

14.10 Jamie Blaza, University of York

14.40 Poster Session & Coffee Break

Session 2 | Chair: Robin Perutz

15.20 Anne-Kathrin Duhme-Klair, University of York

15.50 Jason Lynam, University of York

16.20 Marius Horch, University of York / Technische Universität Berlin
"Understanding Biological Hydrogen Conversion by Ultrafast and Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy"

16.50 James Birrell, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
"[FeFe] Hydrogenase: The Curious Case of the Bridging Carbonyl"

17.20 Closing Remarks


The symposium is free to join for everybody interested in the topic. Please register here until 16 September. Poster presentations on metalloenzymes and related topics are very welcome. If you intend to present a poster, please indicate the title of your presentation on registration.

Location: Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (B/K/018)