BioRest: Production of Bio-Polymers from biogenous Feedstock and Remnants
Within this project strategic long-term work for the production of biogenous monomeric units is performed. This monomeric units are then used to synthesize polymer materials, which are further investigated and modified. As a feedstock for this work remnants from the wood pulping process are used.
The project is funded by resources from the European Fund for regional Development EFRE and is co-financed by the state of Upper Austria.
The project “BioRest” is meant to establish a long-term work for the production of monomeric units like lactic acid from biogenous feedstock. The aim is to consequently synthesize polymers, modify the polymer and bled or crosslink the resulting biogenous material. Bio-plastics that can be synthesized within this project are for instance polyhydroxyalkanoates PHAs and poly lactic acid PLA. These polymers, respectively their monomeric units can be produced by bacteria, which use the remnant from the pulping process and the sugars contained in it for the biotechnological conversion.
Picture: Transmission electron microscope pictures of bacteria containing polyhydroxyalkanoates. These embedded polymers are used by the bacteria to store energy and carbon from sugars or organic acids.
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