Discovery of a Fungal Copper Radical Oxidase with High Catalytic Efficiency Towards 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and Benzyl Alcohols for Bioprocessing

Alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals are highly sought-after for on-going efforts to reduce the damaging effects of human activity on the environment. Copper radical oxidases from Auxiliary Activity Family 5/Subfamily 2 (AA5_2) are attractive biocatalysts because they oxidize primary alcohols in a chemo-selective manner without complex organic cofactors. However, despite numerous studies on canonical galactose oxidases (GalOx, EC and engineered variants, and the recent discovery of a Colletotrichum graminicola copper radical alcohol oxidase (AlcOx, EC, the catalytic...


Apr 7 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Ryan McFadden
UBC Chemistry (MacFarlane/Kiefl Groups)
Apr 9 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Manish Vashishta
UBC Chemistry (Momose Group)
Apr 16 2020 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Alyssa Yeo
UBC Chemistry (Fryzuk Group)


Chemistry Department Response to COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020, the department will be maintaining essential services only until further notice. Department members are working from home. Staff and faculty can still be reached via email during regular work hours here: ...

Congratulations to Maria Cleveland and David Tonkin!

Congratulations to Maria Cleveland and David Tonkin for the 2020 Science Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the exceptional service contributions of Science’s staff, students and faculty. Maria and David were presented this award...