Immobilising enzymes on mesoporous carbonaceous materials for potential application in carbon capture

  • Miles, Rory (PI)
  • Gill, Raj (CoI)

Project Details


Enzymes have many potential uses and are a low energy, sustainable way of making reactions happen in a very controlled way. Enzymes can play a role in decarbonisation of industry through things like carbon capture or hydrogen generation. However to be useful in these applications, they have to be in a form that can interact with gases and/or that can be used and reused in flow. One such way is immobilisation, where the enzymes are held in a solid that facilitates the reaction. Starbon® materials are a bio-derived, biodegradable material that work like a solid sponge where we can change the size and stickiness of the holes. They have already been proven in lots of applications such as catalysis and gas capture. Starbons have been shown to be mainly macroporous (the right size to hold enzymes) and mesoporous (the right size for chemicals to come in and out) making it perfect for this project. Various Starbons will be produced and trialed for enzyme immobilisation. These immobilised enzymes will then be applied in applications such as uptake and conversion of CO2 to carbonic acid using carbonic anhydrase. This would then produce sustainable feedstocks for the circular/bio-economy.
Effective start/end date1/07/2131/10/21


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: £7,744.00


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