D. McKenzie; Surface Immobilised Enzymes for Ethanol Production
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Surface immobilised enzymes for ethanol production

Prof. David McKenzie

Sydney University



Surface immobilised enzymes have potential advantages for a flow through process for the synthesis of ethanol from cellulse wastes. Recent progress at the University of Sydney in the understanding of how some enzymes in the cellulose family behave when immobilised on plasma treated polymer surfaces will be described.

Bio: Professor McKenzie has held a Personal Chair in Materials Physics since 1998. His research focuses on selective surfaces and a sputtering technology for depositing them. Their work resulted in a patented technology that has led to a large renewable energy industry based on evacuated tubular solar collectors in Japan and more recently in China. Professor McKenzie identified the form of amorphous carbon known as tetrahedral amorphous carbon that contains a large fraction of diamond like bonds and has many of the properties of diamond. It has found application as a wear resistant coating and is used commercially in hard drives. Professor McKenzie has developed materials for medical applications and has with his colleagues developed new dosimeters for radiotherapy and new surfaces for biosensing and medical diagnostics created from plasmas.

July 7, 2010, 13:40, FENS G035