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Christine McKenzie

Professor

Phone: +45 6550 2518
Email: mckenzie@sdu.dk
Webpage: http://mckee.sdu.dk/cjmck/home.html

If we want to keep today's lifestyles, it is pressing to find cleaner and more nuclear-economic chemical practices. This includes everything from the production of food and medicine to fuel and aero planes. Polluting processes need to be reorganized so that we are not left with problems such as hard-degradable waste and large emissions of CO2. Chemists play a central role in the effort to achieve this.

The solution, to find new ways to use H2o, O2, CO2, CH4, N2 and plant material (e.g. cellulose) as a raw material for the formation of important organic Molecules as drugs are catalysis. A new generation of catalysts that imitate enzymes in biology are under development, and my research is rooted in these new compounds.

Enzymes can perform selective chemical modifiers of a substrate because they contain redoxactive transition metals such as Iron. We synthesize new metal-organic molecules that contain non-toxic and frequently occurring elements such as iron. These molecules exhibit the same properties as the metal enzymes, including their useful catalytic properties. We use X-rays to investigate the crystals of these new supermolecules and spectroscopy, electrochemistry  and other techniques to determine their properties and reactivity.

The possibilities of this type of research are many and wide-ranging; From artificial photosynthesis, enantioselective catalysis, purification of wastewater and gas separation for the development of diagnostics and therapeutic methods in medical science.

 

Co-Host at the ICCC 2024 conference: https://iccc2024.dk/