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New Directions for UCL Biocatalysis Research

11 July 2012

 The growing interest in sustainable production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals is a key strategic driver for UCL biocatalysis research. A new £1.1M grant from the BBSRC Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology Club (IBTI Club) provides added impetus for our work in this area. Distillers dried grain and solubles (DDGS) is a by-product from distilleries and breweries which currently has some value as a ruminant feed. However, with the dramatic increase in DDGS production expected as a result of “first generation” biofuel production facilities now under construction in the UK, there is a need to find new ways to upgrade and add value to the various components of DDGS. The new IBTI grant focusses on the selective fractionation of the carbohydrate and protein fractions of DDGS and their bioconversion into added value products. The UCL work will focus on the selective release of the protein fraction (Prof John Ward)and the creation of ultra scale-down methods to investigate DDGS fractionation (Prof Gary Lye). The grant links UCL with Prof David Leak (University of Bath) who will investigate utilisation of the carbohydrate fraction, Dr Regina Santos (University of Birmingham) who will investigate DDGS fractionation using Super Critical CO2 methods and Dr Caroline Rymer (University of Reading) who will examine the nutritional value of the DDGS remaining after fractionation and conversion.


For further information please contact Prof Gary Lye at g.lye@ucl.ac.uk

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