On going funding

Funding. 40 k€

Durantion. Septembre 2023-December 2024  

Project reference. LEO23-2-9635 (Leonardo grant program, research grant) 

Title. Optimized photochemical conversion based on strategic combination of engineered proteins and redox active molecules. 

Short description. We show a strategy to generate bio-hybrid assemblies that favor stable charge-separated states. Our designs will allow coupling catalysis to charge accumulation, making it possible to perform challenging photochemical reactions, including solar fuel generation. The proposed approach takes advantage of a deep structural control of engineered bio-hybrids to perform mechanistic studies that have been impossible to perform up to date, filling a knowledge gap in light-induced charge separation mechanisms. These studies will provide valuable insights and inform the development of subsequent generations of bio-hybrids with enhanced capabilities. 

Funding. 300 k€

Durantion. October 2022-October 2025  

Project reference. 117694 (La Caixa Junior leader program, research fellowship) 

Title. On-demand photochemical energy conversion in biohybrids with proteins and nanoclusters in synergy

Short description. We show a strategy to generate bio-hybrid assemblies that favor stable charge-separated states. Our designs will allow coupling catalysis to charge accumulation, making it possible to perform challenging photochemical reactions, including solar fuel generation. The proposed approach takes advantage of a deep structural control of engineered bio-hybrids to perform mechanistic studies that have been impossible to perform up to date, filling a knowledge gap in light-induced charge separation mechanisms. These studies will provide valuable insights and inform the development of subsequent generations of bio-hybrids with enhanced capabilities. 


Funding. 172 k€

Duration. January 2023 - January 2025

Project reference. 131906A-100 (Transición ecológica resilience program, research grant)

Title. Sustainable H2 production with photocatalysts based on Earth abundant and environmentally friendly resources

Short description. We are developing a new class of photoactive bio-hybrids where the exciton dissociation and photoinduced electron transfer reactions are controlled by the protein enviroment. The final goal is to combine the optimized bio-hybrids with catalytically active 2D materials in collaboration with Dr. Vega. Combining our engineered bio-hybrids with the 2D materials will allow us to generate hydrogen as solar fuel with unprecedented efficiency to pave the way for its use as a clean fuel.

 

Finished projects

Funding. 163 k€

Duration. December 2021 - October 2022

Project reference. T2/IND19937 (Atracción de Talento, research fellowship)

Title.  Senior postdoc grant. 

Short description. We developed bio-optoelectronic devices for applications ranging from solid state bio-lasers to light-to-energy conversion applications. These devices stemed from hybrid  protein-chromophore systems. We selected different chromophores ranging from small conjugated molecules to few atom metal nanoclusters to tune the optoelectronic properties of the protein-based molecular systems. This strategy enabled us to overcome technological challenges for instance in the development of tunable bio-compatible lasers or LEDs for medicine or in the development of low-cost energy harvesting sources.