The Pfeifer research group is interested in generating a
compound with broad metal binding capability to explore
applications in removal and recapture from environmental or
industrial water streams.
In this project, we take advantage of the natural metal binding ability of a particular type of natural product family known as siderophores. We have redirected this binding ability towards an environmental objective: water treatment. Namely, we are exploring ways to remove environmentally-damaging compounds from water streams and/or to recover metals of economic value.