Examining Plant Cell Wall
Structure by NMR
The optimized production of the
feedstock for biofuel production and its subsequent
conversion to usable biofuels are complex processes.
Analytical capabilities are necessary to track the
chemical composition of materials throughout, starting
in growing cells and ending with the composition of
the final fuel material. NMR spectroscopy is one of
the most versatile methods available for chemical
analysis, but also has excellent capabilities for
studying dynamic processes, and even the spatial
distribution of compounds. This work applies NMR
spectroscopy to analysis of feedstock materials,
materials after various deconstruction reactions, and
model systems for biofuel production. As needed for
specific samples and analyses, new NMR experiments are
being developed to provide desired information about
chemical structures, dynamics, etc.
The Wemmer Lab collaborates with other groups in the EBI
to analyze samples from various biochemical processes studied by the Institute using NMR spectroscopy.