UK and Brazilian researchers simplify waste-to-chemicals pathway

November 25, 2019 |

In UK, a move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals.

A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat straw from agricultural processes can be made directly into valuable chemicals with an increase in value of 5000-fold.

The new breakthrough demonstrates that high-value chemicals, such as chemicals used the food industry and precursors for human therapeutic drugs, can be produced directly from waste biomass in a single ‘one-pot’ process. This added value offers the potential to make the economics of biofuel production from plant-based sources more viable.

The chemical building blocks are used to make everyday products from air fresher, fabric softener, flavoring for food stuffs and life-saving medicines and new drug candidates under clinical development

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