The Research Training Group “Microbial substrate conversion (MiCon)” aims at understanding the mechanistic principles of microbial metabolic processes at the molecular level. The enzymes and pathways under investigation are involved in the synthesis of small molecules like hydrogen, the biosynthesis, modification and degradation of lipids, and the production of secondary metabolites. As a part of MiCon, Prof. Happe supports RTG 2341 as a vice speaker.
For more than a decade, there has been intensive cooperation between Osaka University and Ruhr University Bochum. At the Faculty of Biology & Biotechnology, the International Joint Lab Osaka was established in the course of the cooperation. Together with our long-time cooperation partner Prof. Genji Kurisu from the Institute of Protein Research, a new funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will start in 2022 under the title "H2-Lab - German-Japanese Laboratory for Structure Elucidation for the Development of Biofuel Cells".
The Cluster of Excellence RESOLV is an interdisciplinary research project of the Ruhr University Bochum and the TU Dortmund University, as well as four other institutions in the German Ruhr area. Since 2012, about 200 scientists cooperate to clarify how the solvent is involved in the control, mediation and regulation of chemical reactions. Our research is essential to advance technologies that could reuse CO2 for chemicals production, increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage and develop smart sensors.
For the fifth time, a photobiotechnology project led by Prof. Happe has been selected for funding. The Volkswagen Foundation has extended the project of the initiative "Integration of molecular components into functional macroscopic systems" under the title "Design of photoenzyme materials based on light-activatable DNA-peptide supramolecular assemblies".
The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) has been funding the new cooperative research project "Design of DNA-based Redox Systems" within the University Alliance (UA) Ruhr since 2022. Prof. Guido Clever from TU Dortmund University collaborates with Prof. Happe (RUB) in the field of DNA nanotechnology. In DNA nanotechnology, researchers develop functional materials from DNA for technical, chemical or medical applications. In this project, the participants are researching novel, DNA-based redox modules for applications in sensor technology and green chemistry, e.g. in hydrogen production.
The binational research cooperation Sigal4NRG (Sino-German lab for algae bioenergy) is concerned with the production of biodiesel and hydrogen with the help of algae. The research makes an important contribution to the production of renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources. The project of the Single Cell Center of the CAS Institute for BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT, China) and the AG Pbt is researching the biological production of energy with algae in the form of biodiesel from Nannochloropsis oceanica and in the form of hydrogen from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in a joint laboratory.