Discovery and engineering of novel cytochrome P450 enzymes for converting lignin into to chemicals [Registered]
Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth.have discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into high value platform chemicals.
Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden claim to have synthesized the strongest yet hybrid silk fibres, combining spider silk proteins with nanocellulose from wood.
Entrepreneurs from Central Taiwan Innovation Campus have developed drinking straws made from cane bagasse, reports Taiwan News
Researchers at Lancaster University are working with the start-up Cellucomp to elicit how its technology of adding ‘nano platelets’ extracted from the fibres of root vegetables in concrete mixtures increases its strength.
Polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK has become the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol.
Colorado State University polymer chemists have developed a process for economically producing a polymer material from a renewable source which is both high performing and biodegradable than the comparative plastic produced from petrochemicals.
The production of biobased succinate via (bioengineered) microbes typically requires mono- or poly-saccharides as a feedstock. Researchers at the Kobe University Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation discovered that the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 which can produce organic acids such as succinate from CO2 not supplemented with sugars increase the yield of succinate when cyanobacteria is grown above the ideal temperature for cell growth.
The UK is well placed to benefit from the emerging bioeconomy and has the potential “to reclaim its world leading position, building new industries out of old ones” as it has the “leading biochemical R&D, relevant skills and infrastructure to build the industry, and established supply chains to chemical buyers at home and abroad” according to a recently published report.
Enerkem partners with AkzoNobel and Air Liquide for waste-to-methanol plant in Rotterdam [Full subscriber]
A facility to convert non-recyclable municipal waste into valuable raw materials is being planned at the port of Rotterdam. The Canadian start-up Enerkem is working with Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals, and industrial gases group Air Liquide to develop a plant that will convert 350,000 tonnes of waste, including plastics, into 270 million litres of ‘green’ methanol, each year.