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Utilization of Enzyme Cascades for Biofuel Cells: From Metabolism to Metabolons

Shelley Minteer

University of Utah, USA



Enzymes have been employed for almost 4 decades for energy conversion in the form of biofuel cells. However, most enzymatic biofuel cells in the literature utilize complex biofuels, but only partially oxidize the complex biofuel via the use of a single enzyme (i.e. glucose oxidase). This presentation will detail the use of enzyme cascades at bioanodes for deep to complete oxidation of fuels to improve performance. It will also compare fuel options for biofuel cells and discuss the importance of structural orientation of enzymes in enzymatic cascades.

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Professor Minteer received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Western Illinois University followed by her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University of Iowa. In 2000, she moved to Saint Louis University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and started her research program on biofuel cells and biosensors. She has published greater than 150 publications and greater than 250 presentations at national and international conferences and universities. She has won several awards including the Missouri Inventor of the Year, International Society of Electrochemistry Tajima Prize, and the Society of Electroanalytical Chemists' Young Investigator Award. In 2011, she moved from her position as the College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Professor of Chemistry at Saint Louis University to University of Utah as a USTAR Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering.
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