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Uphill production of dihydrogen by enzymatic oxidation of glucose without an external energy source

2018

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Chemical systems do not allow the coupling of energy from several simple reactions to drive a subsequent reaction, which takes place in the same medium and leads to a product with a higher energy than the one released during the first reaction. Gibbs energy considerations thus are not favorable to drive e.g., water splitting by the direct oxidation of glucose as a model reaction. Here, we show that it is nevertheless possible to carry out such an energetically uphill reaction, if the electrons released in the oxidation reaction are temporarily stored in an electromagnetic system, which is then used to raise the electrons' potential energy so that they can power the electrolysis of water in a second step. We thereby demonstrate the general concept that lower energy delivering chemical reactions can be used to enable the formation of higher energy consuming reaction products in a closed system.

Author(s): Suraniti, Emmanuel and Merzeau, Pascal and Roche, Jérôme and Gounel, Sébastien and Mark, Andrew G. and Fischer, Peer and Mano, Nicolas and Kuhn, Alexander
Journal: Nature Communications
Volume: 9
Number (issue): 1
Pages: 3229
Year: 2018
Month: August
Day: 13

Department(s): Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05704-5
State: Published
URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05704-5

BibTex

@article{Suraniti2018,
  title = {Uphill production of dihydrogen by enzymatic oxidation of glucose without an external energy source},
  author = {Suraniti, Emmanuel and Merzeau, Pascal and Roche, J{\'e}r{\^o}me and Gounel, S{\'e}bastien and Mark, Andrew G. and Fischer, Peer and Mano, Nicolas and Kuhn, Alexander},
  journal = {Nature Communications},
  volume = {9},
  number = {1},
  pages = {3229},
  month = aug,
  year = {2018},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05704-5},
  month_numeric = {8}
}