New Enzymatically Produced Interpenetrating Starch-Cellulose Gels

Project: Research council

Description

The project aims to translate existing academic research to enable the production of interpenetrating network (IPN) gels of starch and nanocellulose fibres using side-by-side enzymatic and/or bacterial synthesis routes. These IPN gels will be produced with the end aim of use in the food and home care industries. The project will develop tandem enzymatic processes for the production of small fragments of starch, xyloglucan and cellulose, assembly of components into gels in the presence of water, and characterisation of the mechanical and physical properties of the gels. We will valorise waste, making new products, reducing costs and CO2 emissions for the companies we will support through this technology. Industrial input will guide development of the gels, targetting key industrial applications. No research has yet developed gels based on industrial biotechnology approaches to produce small molecules of starch combining them with cellulose fibrils.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date6/06/165/06/20

Funding

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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cellulose
gels
starch
xyloglucans
starch gels
industrial applications
new products
biotechnology
mechanical properties
physical properties
industry
synthesis
water

RCUK Research Areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Process engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Design of Process systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Machinery & Plant