USask awarded $3.2M towards first-in-Canada engineering biology center for ag innovation

This post was originally published on this site In Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation will invest $3.2 million in a unique biomanufacturing facility at the University of Saskatchewan that will use cutting-edge “engineering biology” technologies to accelerate agri-food innovation and help address food security needs, including canola varieties as meat and non-animal enzyme alternatives. Developing canola varieties more resistant … Read More

Researchers transform CO2 into jet fuel

This post was originally published on this site In the United Kingdom, Oxford University researchers turned carbon dioxide into jet fuel using novel, inexpensive iron-based catalysts – an organic combustion-synthesized Fe-Mn-K catalyst. This catalytic process provides an attractive route not only to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions but also to produce renewable and sustainable jet fuel. They prepared the Fe-Mn-K catalyst … Read More

Brazilian researchers genetically engineer fungus to produce enzyme cocktail for 2G ethanol

This post was originally published on this site In Brazil, researchers at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) have genetically engineered a fungus to produce a cocktail of enzymes that break down the carbohydrates in biomass, such as sugarcane trash (tops and leaves) and bagasse, into fermentable sugar for industrially efficient conversion into biofuel. The development … Read More

Researchers now know more about the catalyst for the production of methanol

This post was originally published on this site In Germany, a research team from the Ruhr University Bochum and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion showed for the first time that the zinc component of the active center is positively charged and that the catalyst even has two copper-based active centers, giving insight into methanol production. “The condition … Read More

University of Bayreuth discover enzyme for use as biocatalyst

This post was originally published on this site In Germany, researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now discovered an enzyme that offers great advantages as a biocatalyst. It is eminently suited for the production of natural product-derived drugs that promise a broad spectrum of medical application. Conventional synthesis processes for these substances are very laborious. In the journal ACS … Read More

INFRA and PETRONAS ink agreement to develop specialist Fischer-Tropsch (FT) catalyst

This post was originally published on this site In Texas, INFRA Technology Group and PETRONAS Research entered a research and development collaboration agreement for the development of a specialist Fischer-Tropsch (FT) catalyst. The project will be phased over several years to identify and develop a catalyst with optimum yield based on the required project parameters. The collaborative team, comprising members … Read More

Researchers find new way to drive biocatalysis with plasmas

This post was originally published on this site In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum developed a new method to drive catalytically active enzymes, using a process in which the starting material hydrogen peroxide is supplied to the biocatalysts in a controlled manner using plasma. A buffer layer protects the enzymes themselves from harmful components of the plasma. Using … Read More

Researcher develop enzyme from mustard seed waste for laundry and biofuels

This post was originally published on this site In the UK, an international team of researchers has developed an enzyme produced from agricultural waste that could be used as an important additive in laundry detergents. By using an enzyme produced from a by-product of mustard seeds, they hope to develop a low-cost naturally derived version of lipase, the second largest … Read More

RUDN University chemist found a catalyst to improve biofuel production

This post was originally published on this site In Russia, chemists from RUDN University, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and the University of Cordoba (Spain) developed a new method for the synthesis of biofuels from renewable vegetable raw materials. They proposed to use bimetallic catalysts for the production of 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) biofuel. The chemists managed to increase the yield of DMF by … Read More

How algae makes pink pigments relies on key enzyme

This post was originally published on this site In Germany, a team from the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern was able to show how the synthesis of the pink dye phycoerythrobilin works in detail. An enzyme is the key to the color of certain algae. And thus also … Read More