Research Output per year
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.
|Effective start/end date||1/03/16 → 30/06/20|
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
RCUK Research Areas
- Biochemical engineering
- Process engineering
- Bioprocess Engineering
- Design of Process systems
- Mechanical engineering
- Manufacturing Machinery & Plant
Techno-economic analysis (TEA) of microbial oil production from waste resources as part of a bio-refinery concept: assessment at multiple scales under uncertaintyParsons, S., Abeln, F., McManus, M. & Chuck, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology. 94, 3, p. 701-711 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Microbial lipids: Progress in life cycle assessment (LCA) and future outlook of heterotrophic algae and yeast-derived oilsParsons, S., Chuck, C. J. & McManus, M. C., 20 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 172, p. 661-672 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article