Efficient CO and CO2 conversion to biopolymers using phototrophic bacteria (2019–2022)

Abstract:
This project will deliver efficient processes for the large-scale production of biopolymers from low cost inputs, using phototrophic bacteria. Feedstocks include syngas from solid wastes and carbon-dioxide-hydrogen mixes from fossil and renewable sources. The choice of phototrophic bacteria avoids the energy losses associated with existing technologies, since photons are used instead of chemical energy for metabolic needs. This project enables the production and optimisation of biopolymers through collaborations between engineers, polymer scientists and molecular biologists. Together, we will deliver novel technologies to produce tough, ?exible and affordable biopolymers, converting wastes and greenhouse gases to a valuable product.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    Advanced Water Management Centre
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • UQ Developmnt Fellow & Group Leader
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Advanced Water Management Centre
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Associate Professor
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council