School of Chemistry and Biochemistry to Host Charles L. Liotta Symposium

This year marks Regents Professor Emeritus Charles Liotta’s 50th at Georgia Tech, and the celebration is on.

Grad Students and the Quest for the Origins of Life

Want to learn how life began? You can do that. Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Eric Parker tells how.

Seminars & Events

Prof. Michael Ward - New York University
Peter B. Sherry Memorial Lecture - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Prof. Henry White - The University of Utah Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Division Seminar - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Prof. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer - AACP Seminar - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
AACP Seminar - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Prof. Martin Moskovits - University of California, Santa Barbara
Cherry Emerson Seminar Series - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011

Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
Sarria, S., Wong, B., Garcia Mar, H., Keasling, J., Peralta-Yahya, P..
Citation
ACS Synthetic Biology (2014), Vol. ASAP, A-J
Miscellaneous Details
Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

Current biofuels lack the high energy density necessary for use in energy intensive aircraft, rockets, and missiles.‎ Pinene dimers, which can be synthesized via chemical dimerization of pinene, have a similar heating value and density to the tactical fuel JP-10.  The Peralta-Yahya lab engineered the microbe Escherichia coli for pinene production and demonstrated the feasibility of microbial pinene synthesis as a sustainable source of pinene dimers. The approach relied on combinatorial expression of the last two enzymes in the pathway, geranyl pyrophosphate synthase and pinene synthase, followed by protein fusion to produce 32 mg/L of pinene, a 6-fold improvement over the highest titer previously reported in engineered E. coli.

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