Metallic bionanocatalysts: potential applications as green catalysts and energy materials

Lynne E. Macaskie*, Iryna P. Mikheenko, Jacob B. Omajai, Alan J. Stephen, Joseph Wood

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Microbially generated or supported nanocatalysts have potential applications in green chemistry and environmental application. However, precious (and base) metals biorefined from wastes may be useful for making cheap, low-grade catalysts for clean energy production. The concept of bionanomaterials for energy applications is reviewed with respect to potential fuel cell applications, bio-catalytic upgrading of oils and manufacturing ‘drop-in fuel’ precursors. Cheap, effective biomaterials would facilitate progress towards dual development goals of sustainable consumption and production patterns and help to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1171-1180
Number of pages10
JournalMicrobial Biotechnology
Issue number5
Early online date22 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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