PhD project: Enzymes for new materials and biomass tailoring
Supervisor: Lisbeth Olsson
Dissertation planned to: 2023-08
Monika’s research is about discovery and characterisation of novel carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) which various microorganisms use to degrade biomass in nature. Efficient degradation and modification of biomass is also crucial in a bio-based economy which is a major goal in Sweden. The carbohydrate products resulting from biomass degradation can be used either to compose new complex biomaterials or to simply ferment them to biofuels or biochemicals. Currently, I study lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) which are a type of CAZymes that act on lignocellulose via oxidative reactions. Even though recently discovered, these enzymes have been shown to significantly boost biomass depolymerisation in enzyme ’cocktails’ used in the industry. The goal of my research is to deepen the knowledge on LPMOs and their biotechnological uses.
Treesearch aims at creating a national platform to support the research on new materials from the forest. Research projects conducted within Treesearch research areas and the researchers who are active in these projects are welcome to join the platform.