In the Elliott Group our overall objective is to understand the ways in which life makes use of energy by engaging in electron transfer reactions. Spanning interests in biological solutions or inspiration for the Energy Sciences to the need to  understand redox homeostasis and oxidative stress response -- the core chemistry at work is redox chemistry: how electrons are transferred, manipulated and utilized in biology.

Enzymology, protein electrochemistry and spectroscopy are all approaches that allow us to probe, at the level of molecular detail, the  redox reactions that are  at work in the natural world around us.



Our work has been generously sponsored by the following agencies:

National Science Foundation

Department of Energy - BES

National Institutes of Health-NIGMS

Richard Allan Barry Fund of the Boston Foundation

American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund


Research Corporation


Moving the Electrons

The Elliott Group has multi-disciplinary interests that span redox enzymology, electrochemistry / electrocatalysis, microbiology and the use of spectroscopy to study redox active proteins and enzymes. We study a wide range of multi-electron redox enzymes containing multiple redox cofactors, using direct electrochemistry and electrochemical methodologies to bear upon problems in mechanistic enzymology and the development of protein-based electrodes. Areas of chemistry of interest to us include: long-range electron transfer achieved by multi-heme cytochromes, multi-electron reductions of nitrite and sulfite reduction, bacterial peroxidase activities, and CO2 reduction catalyzed by metalloproteins. 

What we Do

INTERESTED?  Please contact SJE directly (elliott @ bu.edu), with a cover-letter and CV, if you are interested in joining the group. At this time, there are no additional specific positions to fill. However, encouraged applicants will be asked to provide three letters of reference.