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Oxygen-resistant hydrogenases and methods for designing and making same

United States Patent

March 10, 2009
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The invention provides oxygen- resistant iron-hydrogenases ([Fe]-hydrogenases) for use in the production of H2. Methods used in the design and engineering of the oxygen-resistant [Fe]-hydrogenases are disclosed, as are the methods of transforming and culturing appropriate host cells with the oxygen-resistant [Fe]-hydrogenases. Finally, the invention provides methods for utilizing the transformed, oxygen insensitive, host cells in the bulk production of H.sub.2 in a light catalyzed reaction having water as the reactant.
King; Paul (Golden, CO), Ghirardi; Maria L (Lakewood, CO), Seibert; Michael (Lakewood, CO)
Allaince for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
10/ 553,097
April 16, 2004
GOVERNMENT INTEREST The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract DE-AC36-99G010337 between the United States Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of Midwest Research Institute.