Hartwig Lab creates bionic enzymes

Pictorial illustration of bionic enzymes.

Bionic enzymes got a needed boost in speed thanks to new research by the Hartwig lab. By pairing a noble metal with a natural enzyme, researchers created a hybrid capable of churning out 2,550 product molecules per hour, a frequency comparable to biological counterparts.

The development, reported in Science, represents a major advance for artificial metalloenzymes, which promises to open up a world of beneficial molecular products not currently possible with natural enzymes.