349344 Economic Assessment of Bi-Functional Chemicals

Monday, November 4, 2013
Grand Ballroom B (Hilton)
David Madden, Biological Systems Engineering, The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, Manhattan, KS, Robert Anex, Biological Systems Engineering, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals and Sampath Gunukula, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Biotechnology is the essential tool in transforming carbohydrated feedstocks into biorenewable chemicals. Bifunctional molecules have wide range of applications in plastic, lubricant, and surfactant industries. Industrial bi-functional chemicals are currently produced from non-renewable petroleum sources. Our desire is to replace these chemicals functionally and directly. There are biological pathways to many families of bi-functional chemicals through 3-Ketyoacylsythase (KASIII). Our goal is to assess which biorenewable bi-functional chemicals have the most economic potential.

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