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1 Utilizing Biochar for the Development of Carbon- based Biocatalyst

2 1. Energy production: bio-oil and syngas 2. Soil amendment 3. Water retention 4. Activated carbon (water treatment and air filter) 5. Carbon sequestration Current Price*: $500-3,000/ton (depending on the grade and sources) *U.S. Biochar initiative Current Uses and Market Price of Biochar

3 Goal: Turn the Low Value Biochar into High-Value C-Based Biocatalyst for Industrial Raw Materials Team University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry MU Department of Veterinary Pathobiology MU Life Science Center Elemental Enzymes Inc. Add the value of biochar by immobilizing the enzymes onto the surface of C

4 - Proteins catalyze the chemical reactions -Enzymes will not be consumed by the reactions Enzymes?

5 Enzymes Medical Environmental Pharmaceutical Food & Agricultural Bioenergy Short half-life Sensitive to heat, UV, and extreme pH Sensitive to solvents and chemicals Sensitive to protease The immobilized enzymes onto a platform enhances the stability of the enzymes

6 Traditional Approach to Immobilize the Enzymes on the Carbon- Adsorption Processes The adsorption processes utilize the weak ionic electrostatic attraction complemented by hydrophobic interactions between the negatively charged carbon surface and positively charged (e.g., protonated) enzyme molecules

7 Temperature effects on carbon recovery, CEC, pH and surface area. Lehmann (2007), Front. Ecol. Environ. 5:381-387. Biochar-High Surface Area with High CEC The properties of biochar greatly depend upon the pyrolysis temperature.

8 ++++++ + ++++++ + - - - - - - - - - Traditional Approach to Immobilize the Enzymes on the Carbon- Adsorption Processes Since the enzymes were immobilized by the temporarily charged attraction, the process is reversible and the amount of the immobilized enzymes could be significantly affected by the pH, solvents, and ionic strength of the solutions (the ions in the solution will displace the immobilized enzymes).

9 Biotinylated Functionalized C

10 Nuetravidinated Enzymes

11 The binding of biotin to NeutrAvidin is one of the strongest non-covalent interactions known in nature with a dissociation constant (Kd) on the order of (Kd = 10 -15 M). Therefore, the immobilized process is irreversible and the amount of the immobilized enzymes would not affected by the changed pH or ion ionic strength of the solutions. Enhanced enzymatic stability, and more resistant to solvents, chemicals, and extreme pH & temperatures Development of C-based Biocatalyst for Industrial Application

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13 Physical map of catabolic plasmid pADP-1 from Pseudomonas sp. strain ADP Genes Encoded Enzymes for Atrazine Degradation

14 His-tag Affinity Chromato- graphy atzA gene vector Non-cellular Protein expression From the Protein Data Bank by JCSG Production of Optimized Recombinant AtzA- Chlorohydrolase Enzyme (in vitro) Using Protein Expression System ******

15 Development of Carbon based Biocatalysts (Conjugated the Recombined Enzyme at Surface of the Synthesized Nanoporous Carbon Materials)

16 C-based Biocatalyst (catalytic enzymes on the surface) Enzymes (AtzA)

17 Development of C based Biocatalysts for Remove Atrazine (Conjugated the Purified AtzA at Surface of the Carbon Materials)

18 Immobilized  -galactosidase on the surface of biotinylated functionalized carbon

19 Medical Environmental Pharmaceutical Food & Agriculture Turn the Low Value Biochar into High-Value C-Based Biocatalyst for Industrial Raw Materials Commercial applications : biocatalysts, biofilters, degreasing agents, fuel cell, imaging, drug delivery systems and biosensors.

20 Acknowledgements Dr. George Stewart, MU Department of Veterinary Pathobiology Dr. Brian Thompson, Elemental Enzyme Inc. Dr. Hsin-Yeh Hsieh, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology MU Center for Agroforestry MU Life Sciences Center Students: Madelyn Myers Bryce Hoelscher Che-Min Su Jana Binkley Christy Mennemeier


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