Project: Enzyme discovery for wood biopolymer modification
Supervisor: Lauren S. McKee
Project planned to end: 2020-10
Suberin is an abundant component of wood that contains a variety of long-chain fatty acids. Due to their aliphatic nature and their functional groups (α-COOH and ω-OH) these fatty acids represent great building blocks for the synthesis of new polyesters.
Enzymes can be used to assist in the fractionation of woody biomass or to modify wood-derived building blocks for the synthesis of biomaterials. We are trying to produce and characterize new enzymes and explore their potential use in the production of wood-based materials.
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.