Development of 2nd Generation Biorefineries Production of Dicarboxylic Acids and Bio-based Polymers Derived Thereof

Project Details


The existing 2nd generation biorefineries utilize less than 20% of the biomass feedstock for ethanol production, and major side-streams are produced such as pentose and lignin waste streams, that are respectively used for biogas and energy production.
Converting the carbon from these waste streams into added-value products would increase the otherwise low profitability and improve the environmental benefits of the biorefineries. The suggested project BioREFINE-2G aims at developing commercially attractive processes for efficient conversion of pentose-rich side-streams from biorefineries into dicarboxylic acids, which can be used as precursors for bio-based polymers including biodegradable polymers. The project covers the whole value chain, from characterization of side streams from forest and other non-food feedstock, development of novel robust industrial yeast cell factories, fermentation and downstream process development, to polymerization methods development for the production of biodegradable polymers applicable as plastics, coatings or adhesives, scale-up and demonstration and to life cycle and economic viability analyses.
Effective start/end date01/10/201330/09/2017

Research Output

BIOREFINE-2G — Result In Brief: Novel biopolymers from biorefinery waste-streams

Stovicek, V., Chen, X., Borodina, I. & Förster, J., 2017, European Commission. 2 p.

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Open Access

CRISPR–Cas system enables fast and simple genome editing of industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains

Stovicek, V., Borodina, I. & Förster, J., 2015, In : Metabolic Engineering Communications. 2, p. 13-22 10 p.

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EasyClone 2.0: expanded toolkit of integrative vectors for stable gene expression in industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains

Stovicek, V., Borja Zamfir, G. M., Förster, J. & Borodina, I., Oct 2015, In : Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 42, 11, p. 1519-1531 13 p.

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  • 1 Conference presentations

Strain Development for Diacid Production

Vratislav Stovicek (Speaker)
12 Jun 2017

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