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EPSRC Reference: EP/M507805/1
Title: Renewable Building Blocks from Wheat and Maize Straws (ReBuBloS)
Principal Investigator: Elias, Dr R
Other Investigators:
De Braganca, Dr RM Liu, Dr Q
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Biocomposites Centre
Organisation: Bangor University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 April 2015 Ends: 30 June 2017 Value (£): 211,142
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Manufacturing
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This project seeks to further develop a novel straw biorefinery process that will target the development of a range of

products for applications such as platform chemicals for plastic manufacturing and high quality cellulosic fibres for value

added applications. This technology will bring triple line manufacturing benefits to the Chinese economy through reductions

in energy and the production of new conversion technologies. Straw is an underutilised co-product in China and the UK

with a great potential as a feedstock. However, using this feedstock is problematic and new technological approaches are

needed. The straw bio-refinery concept was first developed in Bangor in 1995 and the principle scientist is now based in

Beijing. This project will introduce new technologies such as novel enzymes and will use a novel fractionation process that

is based in Bangor. The project will enable Beijing and Bangor to work together and enhance and demonstrate the benefits

at a scale previously not achievable. Funding will enable the application of the technology to the manufacturing capacity of

China which will result significant economic and environmental benefits.
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