Two oral presentations from the Banta Lab were given at the 2020 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society which was held virtually this year. Nadim Massad presented a talk entitled "Development of a novel electrofuels platform for biochemical production from CO2 using synthetic designed proteins and non-growing cells". And Professor Banta presented a talk entitled "We can do better than kcat/KM : Theory-based development of performance metrics for comparing multi-reactant enzymes".
A new Perspective manuscript entitled "The importance and future of biochemical engineering" by Whitehead, Banta et al was published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. This manuscript arose from topical discussions held at the Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XXI conference focused on “The Next Generation of Biochemical and Molecular Engineering: The role of emerging technologies in tomorrow's products and processes".
Professor Banta gave a Zoom seminar entitled “Extreme Makeover: Engineering a thermostable alcohol dehydrogenase for biotechnology applications” in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Irvine