Intracellular manufacturing - high performance biomaterials from methane (2015–2017)
The aim of this project is to produce high performance biodegradable polymers directly from methane. The
key innovation is employing cutting-edge community genomic and transcriptomic approaches to characterize
intracellular production lines in order to tailor polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate (PHBV) copolymer
microstructures. This is a truly multidisciplinary project bringing together engineers, polymer scientists and
molecular biologists. The direct outcome will be the first PHBV copolymer from methane. As such, the project
leads to technology to produce tough, flexible and affordable biopolymers and, at the same time, opportunity
to add value to methane.