Direct Fermentation of Green Energy Plants to Platform Chemicals
|Green biomass is directly converted into the platform chemical itaconic acid by a continuous process. Cellulolytic enzymes (cellulases) and microorganisms will be used which permit the simultaneous and synergistic saccharification and fermentation.|
Within the cluster of excellence “Tailor-Made fuel from biomass” the direct fermentation of cellulose to the platform chemical itaconic acid is investigated. Cellulases are developed and obtained from the “Institute of Molecular Biology” (RWTH Aachen), which provide a high activity under fermentation condition. Additionally genetic modified microorganisms are used to convert sugars gained through saccharification into itaconic acid with a high product yield (cooperation with the “Institute for applied Mikrobilogy”, RWTH Aachen and the “Department of Genetics”, Phillips University Marburg). This permits the simultaneous and synergistic saccharification and fermentation which guarantees a high yield. Within this project the influence of fermentation parameters as well as the metabolism of itaconic acid formation will be investigated.
|Funded by:||Exzellenz-Cluster „ Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass“ / DFG|
|Contact:||Sandra Wewetzer, Gernot Jäger, Tobias Klement|