Elliott Receives Inaugural Scialog Award

in Elliott, Sean, Faculty, Front Page, Grants & Funding, Research
July 8th, 2010

Professor Sean Elliott

Professor Sean Elliott

Professor Sean Elliott has received one of the eleven inaugural Scialog Awards sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

This multi-year program is designed to accelerate the work of 21st-century science by funding early career scientists (either individuals or multi-disciplinary teams) to pursue transformative research, in dialog with their fellow grantees, on crucial issues of scientific inquiry. The initial initiative focuses on solar energy because of the economic and national security implications associated with a reliable, domestic, and renewable energy supply. The initial grants also are aimed at supporting research with the potential for rapid translational application and development by the private sector, in the hope that federal and private funding will follow suit.

The project is entitled Transforming heme proteins into solar-driven redox catalysts by site-directed zinc porphyrin mutation and proposes a biological solar-capture strategy, exploiting the multiheme cytochromes of Shewanella oneidensis (So), particularly the quinol-oxidase CymA. The aim is to introduce photo-activatable groups (zinc porphyrins) into the cytochromes of interest thereby actually turning on the microbial charge transport pathways with light.

The research is highlighted in BU Today’s article, “Turning Blood into a Hydrogen Factory:  Sean Elliott’s radical research wins RSC grant”