Industrial Application. Engaging in ecological questions entails seeking novel enzymes with selected functions. Our emphasize lies on [NiFe] hydrogenases (catalyzing H2 ↔ 2H+ + 2e) and carbon monoxide dehydrogenases (CODH) (catalyzing CO + H2O + A ↔ CO2 + AH2). If immobilized on surfaces hydrogenases can be useful for (i) production of hydrogen as an energy carrier (fuel storage in electrochemical cell) and (ii) oxidation of hydrogen as an energy source (fuel cell). CODH can produce carbon monoxide, which has a significant fuel value and is also used as feedstock for different synthetic reactions. Aside CO2 concentrations can be reduced in flue and other waste gases.

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  • Head of the group:


    Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner

    GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Eastshore Campus, Building 12
    Wischhofstrasse 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel
    Phone: ++49-431 600-2837
    Fax:++49-431 600-2941

    Personal Assistant:

    Marion Liebetrau
    Phone: ++49-431 600-2847
    Fax: ++49-431 600-2941


  • !!! Bachelor and Master Theses !!!
    There are numerous exciting projects available in our working group raising questions that can also be investigated in the context of bachelor and master theses. Feel free to contact us and find a suitable topic for your thesis together with us!