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Research Article

High-Yield Hydrogen Production from Starch and Water by a Synthetic Enzymatic Pathway

  • Y.-H. Percival Zhang mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: ypzhang@vt.edu

    Affiliation: Biological Systems Engineering Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Barbara R. Evans,

    Affiliation: Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Jonathan R. Mielenz,

    Affiliation: Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Robert C. Hopkins,

    Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Michael W.W. Adams

    Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Published: May 23, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000456
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Y.-H. Percival Zhang
Biological Systems Engineering Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
Barbara R. Evans
Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America
Jonathan R. Mielenz
Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America
Robert C. Hopkins, Michael W.W. Adams
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: ypzhang@vt.edu

Competing Interests

YHPZ and JRM are the co-inventors of this enzymatic hydrogen production process, which is covered under provisional patent application.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: YZ JM. Performed the experiments: YZ BE. Analyzed the data: MA YZ BE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: YZ RH. Wrote the paper: MA YZ BE JM.