Thomas Smith and Colin Murrell (UEA)
Image shows a portion of the active site of a subunit of methane monooxygenase. This enzyme is a highly versatile biocatalyst, with potential for environmentally-friendly chemical production. It oxidises methane to methanol and co-oxidises a wide variety of alkanes, alkenes and aromatic compounds. ELSA researchers on the Norwich Research Park, together with collaborators at Sheffield Hallam University, have been examining the structure of the enzyme to learn more about mechanisms of biocatalysis.