Developing viable biorefineries for the production of biodegradable microbial plastics and various added-value products

A. Koutinas, R. Wang, G. Campbell, C. Webb

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    Abstract

    Petrochemically derived plastics may have provided a very light, strong, and economical material for day-to-day use for over 50 yr but their extensive use and difficulties with disposal have caused a cumulative environmental burden. Replacement of such plastics could be accomplished by eco-friendly biodegradable materials with similar properties, such as the biologically produced poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB). The development of a biorefinery for the production of PHB and other added-value side-products based solely on wheat bioconversion was presented. Bioprocess economics and overall non-renewable energy requirements were studied to minimize and restructure conventional upstream processing, bioconversion, and downstream processing. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (Glasgow, Scotland 7/10-14/2005).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, GLASGOW2005, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering|World Congr. Chem. Eng. Eur.
    Pages76
    Number of pages76
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, GLASGOW2005, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering - Glasgow, Scotland
    Duration: 1 Jul 2005 → …
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    Conference7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, GLASGOW2005, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering
    CityGlasgow, Scotland
    Period1/07/05 → …
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