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Reference Number EP/N013522/1
Title Integrated energy efficient microwave and unique fermentation processes for pilot scale production of high value chemicals from lignocellulosic waste
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr CJ Chuck
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 31 January 2021
Duration 59 months
Total Grant Value £3,182,328
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Manufacturing; Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Region South West
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr CJ Chuck , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Dr MC McManus , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor J Clark , Chemistry, University of York (0.001%)
Dr A Matharu , Chemistry, University of York (0.001%)
Dr VL Budarin , Chemistry, University of York (0.001%)
Prof DJ (David ) Leak , Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor RJ Scott , Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr D A Henk , Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
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Abstract To meet key climate change targets, while providing sustainable economic growth, the UK must develop a robust bioeconomy. This requires the valorisation of UK-specific and abundant waste lignocelluosic streams. Currently, the expense and inefficiency of the multi-stage acid pre-treated depolymerisation and enzymatic process has limited the growth in this sector. Recently, we reported an innovative one-step microwave (MW) process for the depolymerisation of bio-wastes. This key enabling technology achieves high sugar yields despite low energy inputs. While the inhibitors formed in the process limit the growth of most yeasts, the robust yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima (Mp) thrives on this feedstock to produce valuable 2-phenylethanol, arabinitol and lipids. This project aims to develop a pilot scale multi-product biorefinery by coupling these breakthroughs in low energy biomass treatment and unique fermentation to produce marketable compounds
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