Reduction Research Group​

One of the aims of the Reduction sub-project is development, characterization and anchoring on solid supports of new catalysts for hydrogenolysis of C-X and C-O bonds under mild conditions. In addition to metal complexes nanosize metal colloids will also be applied as catalysts. Photosensibilized systems, alone or coupled to metal complex catalysis will be developed for decomposition of chlorophenols by making use of the energy of sunlight and that of cheap reducing agents. Transport of pollutants such as organic halides or heavy metal ions to cells will be studied as a function of the physical state of the cell membranes. The understood relations will serve as basis for purposeful biotechnological modification of bacterial cells previously found active for decomposition of halogenated organic compounds.

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