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BioNano Engineering study in inaugural Frontiers in Chemistry 'Rising Stars' article collection

Fruk Lab study 'Flavin Conjugated Polydopamine Nanoparticles Displaying Light-Driven Monooxygenase Activity' in inaugural Frontiers in Chemistry Journal 'Rising Stars' article collection

A study from the BioNano Engineering group at CEB led by Dr Ljiljana Fruk has been selected to feature in the inaugural Frontiers in Chemistry 'Rising Stars' article collection.

The group was invited to contribute to the collection and Dr Fruk and Leander Crocker submitted an article they recently published: 'Flavin Conjugated Polydopamine Nanoparticles Displaying Light-Driven Monooxygenase Activity', for which they were selected in the Frontiers in Chemistry Catalysis and Photocatalysis research topic category.

The 'Rising Stars' article collection showcases the high-quality work of internationally recognised researchers in the early stages of their independent careers. All 'Rising Star' researchers were individually nominated by the chief editors of the journal, in recognition of their potential to influence the future directions in their respective fields.

According to Frontiers in Science, "the work in the collection highlights the diversity of research performed across the entire breadth of the chemical sciences and presents advances in theory, experiment and methodology with applications to compelling problems".

Dr Fruk commented on the ground-breaking study, which ”for the first time showed that flavin-polydopamine nanobeads can be used as light-triggered green catalysts to produce indigo dyes and act as mimics of natural enzymes. This is our contribution to greener chemistry but also to nanomaterial structuring for applications in catalysis.”

Read the full article here.


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