A new photoenzyme derived from microscopic algae uses blue light to catalyze the conversion of fatty acids, found in fats and oils, into alkanes and alkenes. The research conducted at the National Accelerator Laboratory is focused on enzymes – proteins to catalyze biochemical reactions – that are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only […]

Brookhaven National Lab scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes, the long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline, have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three to five cycles. Recently an enzyme was discovered known as aldehyde-deformylating oxygenase (ADO), which naturally makes alkanes from […]