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Lauren E. Roth and Prof. Dr. F. Akif Tezcan Light-Driven Uncoupling of Nitrogenase Catalysis from ATP Hydrolysis ChemCatChem 3

Article first published online: 2 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201100216

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Illuminating the paths: Biological nitrogen fixation catalyzed by nitrogenase is a possible competition for the Haber–Bosch process to produce ammonia. To shed light on the enzyme- catalyzed reaction, a photosensitizer is attached covalently to the enzyme. This allows for electrons to be directly transferred to the active site of the enzyme, thereby uncoupling substrate reduction from ATP hydrolysis.

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