Recently there has been a widespread resurgence of interest in the applications of hydrogen as a "clean fuel" with its potential for local electricity production and use in transport. The last five years have seen breakthroughs in our understanding of the nature, structure and biosynthesis of hydrogenases. This book is a timely description of these developments, taking a lucid, multidisciplinary approach. Scientists in fields such as clean technology, biochemistry, electrochemistry, agriculture and general biotechnology will find this an accessible resource bringing together the many facets of these enzymes.
Preface Kornel L. Kovacs and Paulette M. Vignais Origins, Evolution, and the Hydrogen Biosphere Richard Cammack Biodiversity of Hydrogenases Rob Robson Regulation of Hydrogenase Gene Expression Barbel Friedrich and Paulette Vignais The Assembly Line Rob Robson Hydrogenases and Their Activities Richard Cammack Molecular Architectures Juan-Carlos Fontecilla-Camps and Michel Frey Spectroscopy--the Functional Puzzle Simon Albracht The Catalytic Machinery Richard Cammack Hydrogenase in Biotechnology: Hydrogen Consumption Richard Cammack Hydrogenase in Biotechnology: Producing Hydrogen as a Fuel Krishna Rao and Richard Cammack.