Sustainable PoLymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details

    Description

    The 4-year SPLASH project will develop a new biobased industrial platform using microalgae as a renewable raw material for the sustainable production and recovery of hydrocarbons and (exo)polysaccharides from the species Botryococcus braunii and further conversion to renewable polymers. The project comprises 20 partners of which 40% SME and several large corporates plus universities and research institutes.
    Two bioproduction platforms will be explored: (1) green alga Botryococcus braunii on its own and (2) the
    green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, to which the unique hydrocarbon and polysaccharides producing genes from Botryococcus will be transferred. SPLASH will deliver knowledge, tools and technologies needed for the establishment of a new industry sector: Industrial Biotechnology with algae and/or algal genes for
    the manufacture of polyesters and polyolefins. The building blocks for these polymers will be derived from the sugars (polyesters) and hydrocarbons (polyolefins) exuded by the algae: adipic acid from galactose,
    2,5-furandicarboxylic acid from glucose, rhamnose and fucose, 1,4-pentanediol from rhamnose and fucose, ethylene from ‘green naphtha’, propylene from ‘green naphtha’.
    The conversion of ethylene and propylene to polyolefins is common technology, and will not be included in the project. The sugar-derived building blocks will be converted to new condensation polymers, including
    poly(ethylene 2,5-furandioate) (PEF). End-use applications include food packaging materials and fibres for yarns, ropes and nets. The project encompasses (1) development of Botryococcus as an industrial production platform, (2) Systems biology analysis, (3) Development of procedures for production, in situ extraction and isolation, (4) product development.
    AcronymSPLASH
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/09/1228/02/17

    Research Output

    Associated bacteria of Botryococcus braunii (Chlorophyta)

    Gouveia, J. D., Lian, J., Steinert, G., Smidt, H., Sipkema, D., Wijffels, R. H. & Barbosa, M. J., 27 Mar 2019, In : PeerJ. 2019, 3, e6610.

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    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Green genes: bioinformatics and systems-biology innovations drive algal biotechnology

    Reijnders, M. J. M. F., van Heck, R. G. A., Lam, C. M. C., Scaife, M. A., Martins dos Santos, V. A. P., Smith, A. G. & Schaap, P. J., 2014, In : Trends in Biotechnology. 32, 12, p. 617-626

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  • 33 Citations (Scopus)