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EPSRC Reference: EP/W019000/1
Title: Sustainable Microbial Manufacture of Adipic Acid from Industrial and Post-Consumer Waste
Principal Investigator: Wallace, Dr S
Other Investigators:
Rosser, Professor SJ Sadler, Dr J Horsfall, Professor L
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Drochaid Research Services Limited High Value Renewables Network IBioIC (Industrial Biotech Innov Ctr)
Impact Solutions Ingenza Ltd Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd
Lubrizol Ltd Lululemon Athletica Sappi Biotech UK
UPM Corporation
Department: Sch of Biological Sciences
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2022 Ends: 30 April 2025 Value (£): 1,348,312
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biochemical engineering Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Chemicals
Technical Consultancy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
02 Nov 2021 Sustainable manufacturing Full Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Many of the small molecules essential to our every-day lives (e.g. pharmaceuticals, clothing, cosmetics, materials, etc.) are currently manufactured from diminishing fossil fuels via industrial processes that contribute significantly to global climate change. Record high atmospheric CO2 levels in 2020 and ambitious net-zero carbon emission targets by 2050 mean that urgent sustainable manufacturing solutions are now required to reduce the environmental burden of this industry on our planet for future generations. The MICROSYN project will uniquely combine cutting-edge modern biological engineering with green chemistry to create transformative solutions to the sustainable manufacture of the nylon-precursor adipic acid from abundant waste generated by the paper-mill industry (lignin) and consumer use (plastic bottles). This will eliminate carbon emissions from the current petrochemical method used to make this compound (currently >20,000,000 ton/year; 5-10% of all human-associated CO2/N2O emissions worldwide) and create circular bioprocesses that avoid the incineration of existing waste streams (releasing further CO2), whilst also addressing the global plastic waste crisis. The project recognizes low-value waste as an underutilized carbon-rich feedstock, and employs modern synthetic biology to transform these abundant and sustainable resources into a high-value chemical via novel biomanufacturing processes.
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