Electroenzymatic Nitrogen Fixation Using a MoFe Protein System Immobilized in an Organic Redox Polymer

Lee, Y.S. and Ruff, A. and Cai, R. and Lim, K. and Schuhmann, W. and Minteer, S.D.

Volume: 59 Pages: 16511-16516
DOI: 10.1002/anie.202007198
Published: 2020

We report an organic redox-polymer-based electroenzymatic nitrogen fixation system using a metal-free redox polymer, namely neutral-red-modified poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-methylmethacrylate-co-poly(ethyleneglycol)methacrylate) with a low redox potential of −0.58 V vs. SCE. The stable and efficient electric wiring of nitrogenase within the redox polymer matrix enables mediated bioelectrocatalysis of N3−, NO2− and N2 to NH3 catalyzed by the MoFe protein via the polymer-bound redox moieties distributed in the polymer matrix in the absence of the Fe protein. Bulk bioelectrosynthetic experiments produced 209±30 nmol NH3 nmol MoFe−1 h−1 from N2 reduction. 15N2 labeling experiments and NMR analysis were performed to confirm biosynthetic N2 reduction to NH3. © 2020 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

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