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Second generation, sustainable, bacterial biofuels

Biobutanol is widely recognised as a superior biofuel to ethanol, in terms of energy content, ease of distribution, versatility and applications. However, the strains of bacteria currently used to produce biobutanol generate unwanted by-products and are inefficient. Moreover, they are unable to utilise lignocellulose directly as a feedstock.

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Aims and objectives

We aim to create more environmentally friendly and sustainable processes for second generation biofuel production by:

  • Using synthetic biology approaches to generate bacterial strains that can convert lignocellulose to fermentable sugars efficiently to maximise butanol productivity
  • Testing the most effective strains on an industrial demonstration scale

Key resources and technologies

  • Advanced gene technologies
  • Synthetic biology
  • Systems biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Fermentation technology

Programme lead

  • The University of Nottingham

Associated programme members

  • Newcastle University
  • TMO Renewables Ltd