Sustainable dollar notes can be produced through bacterial fermentation
Sustainable dollar notes can be produced through bacterial fermentation

Project keywords

Systems Biology, Materials, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Propanol, Polypropylene, Bio-feedstock, Fermentation, Microbes, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics

Project summary

Propylene and polypropylenes are essential feedstock chemicals and materials for the global chemical industry, producing  thousands of products of use in our every day lives. These products include fibers, packaging, automotive parts and, in Australia, even bank notes. Propylene is currently derived from fossil feedstocks as a by-product of the oil refining process. In order to decrease dependence on these finite resources and improve sustainability, the chemical industry is seeking green alternatives to produce propylene. This project aims to produce propylene precursors in a biotechnological fermentation process that is optimised to increase yields and productivities using a systems biology approach. The project is also investigating ways to engineer the fermentation microorganisms to improve yields.

Project contacts

Lead investigator Professor Lars Nielsen, Dr Esteban Marcellin
Research group AIBN Systems & Synthetic Biology
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