Recent Research Projects

Bioindustrial Process Research Centre (BPRC)

2014/15-2019/20 • $2,300,000
The Sarnia-Lambton region's dominant economic activities have historically been based in agriculture, energy,and the chemical industries. There has been a significant regional effort recently to utilize the local industrialand agriculture capacity to attract bio-industrial companies to establish...

Greening growth partnership: connecting research with policy for an innovative, sustainable economy

2016/17-2018/19 • $768,000
OUR CHALLENGE: The world is moving toward an economy that increasingly rewards countries (and companies) that are energy efficient, eco-innovative, pollute less, and sustain natural capital, according to a growing list of the most respected global economic authorities. This shift towards greener...

Control of crystal size distribution (CSD) of succinic acid in BioAmber crystallization circuit

2016/17 • $25,000
Succinic acid is a dicarboxylic acid, (CH2)2(COOH)2, which is a white odorless powder with a melting pointof 184 oC and a boiling point of 234 oC. It has a moderate solubility in water (58 mg/mL at 20 °C) and ahigher solubility in methanol (158 mg/mL). It has two pK values at pKa1 = 4.2 and pKa2...

Chaire de recherche industrielle dans les collèges du CRSNG sur les bioprocédés et les technologies de fermentation

2011/12-2015/16 • $899,000
La présente demande de financement concerne la création d'une chaire de recherche industrielle dans les collèges du CRSNG sur les bioprocédés et les technologies de fermentation. Suite à une expansion rapide et soutenue des activités de R&D dans le domaine des bioprocédés industriels au Collège,...

Production of succinic acid with engineered genetic switches in methylobacterium extorquens

2014/15-2015/16 • $76,050
Succinic acid is one of the 12 most important molecules in the modern chemical industry. It is used in many applications, including the production of polymers such as PBS (polybutylsuccinate). Currently, almost all of the succinic acid production originates from fossil-carbon. In order to find...

Aerobic Type II Methanotrophic Bacteria as a Biotechnological Platform for the Bioconversion of Methane to Succinic Acid

2015/16 • $25,000
In response to political and public pressure to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, petroleum derived chemicals are increasingly substituted by more sustainable products. For instance, succinic acid is emerging as a competitive new generation bio-based building blocks in green chemistry to make a...

Rational design of microbial strains for novel biochemical products

2010/11-2012/13 • $438,000
Increased volatility in the petrochemical feedstocks has necessitated a paradigm shift towards the use of biomass based feedstocks for the synthesis of transportation fuels. In contrast, there have been very few instances of microbial strain engineering for large-scale commodity chemicals with...

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