New Enzymatically Produced Interpenetrating Starch-Cellulose Gels

Project: Research council

Project Details


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.
Effective start/end date6/06/1630/11/20


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

RCUK Research Areas

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

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  • Research Output

    Cationic surfactants as a non-covalent linker for oxidised cellulose nanofibrils and starch-based hydrogels

    Hossain, Z., Calabrese, V., da Silva, M., Bryant, S., Schmitt, J., Scott, J. L. & Edler, K., 1 Apr 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 233, 115816.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Charge-driven interfacial gelation of cellulose nanofibrils across the water/oil interface

    Calabrese, V., da Silva, M., Schmitt, J., Hossain, Z., Scott, J. L. & Edler, K. J., 14 Jan 2020, In : Soft Matter. 16, 2, p. 357-365

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Understanding heat driven gelation of anionic cellulose nanofibrils: Combining Saturation Transfer Difference (STD) NMR, Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and rheology

    Calabrese, V., Muñoz-García, J. C., Schmitt, J., Da Silva, M. A., Scott, J. L., Angulo, J., Khimyak, Y. Z. & Edler, K. J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 535, p. 205-213 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    Dataset for 'Cationic surfactants as a non-covalent linker for oxidised cellulose nanofibrils and starch-based hydrogels'

    Hossain, Z. (Creator), Calabrese, V. (Creator), da Silva, M. (Creator), Bryant, S. (Creator), Schmitt, J. (Creator), Scott, J. L. (Creator) & Edler, K. (Creator), University of Bath, 31 Dec 2019


    Dataset for "TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils; probing the mechanisms of gelation via Small Angle X-Ray Scattering"

    Schmitt, J. (Creator), Calabrese, V. (Researcher), Alves Da Silva, M. (Researcher), Edler, K. (Project Leader), Scott, J. L. (Project Manager) & Schmitt, J. (Data Collector), University of Bath, 2018