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Green chemistry and biofuel: the mechanism of a key photoenzyme decrypted


The functioning of the enzyme FAP (Fatty Acid Photodecarboxylase), useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well as the European Synchrotron ESRF and the PROXIMA-1 beamline of SOLEIL. The discovery is published in Science on April 09, 2021.



Elucidation of the FAP photocycle by combining spectroscopic, biochemical, crystallographic and computational studies. (c) Science



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