The bacterial synthesis of metal nanoparticles

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Louise Horsfall (University of Edinburgh)

Some bacteria have a high tolerance to metal ions due to a resistance mechanism that involves metal reduction and nanoparticle formation. This pathway has the potential to be exploited for the bioremediation of waste, water and land. By employing the techniques, tools and principles provided by synthetic biology we are developing processes to recover metals from phytoremediation and distillery waste. Our particular case studies under investigation are the platinum group metals, nickel, copper and arsenic. However, since we are attempting to develop a flexible process, there is huge potential to transfer the knowledge gained in our studies to other metal waste streams.

Location: Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)