ROBOX project assisted the EU FOME project to deliver the industrial biotechnology in its reports on Future of Manufacturing in Europe Industrial biotechnology: Changes in supply chains and skills needs
The ROBOX Project
Oxygen functionalities are key functional groups in many of today’s chemicals and materials. The efficient introductions of oxygen-functionalities into raw materials are key chemical transformations in bulk and fine chemicals. Innovative bio-catalytic oxidation routes using molecular oxygen (from air) under benign and mild (pH) conditions such as ambient temperature and pressure can greatly improve the sustainability and economics of processes, but are so far mainly been applied in the pharma segments. In this segment, the enzyme-catalyzed step often represents the highest added value and the high price of the end-product (> €1000/kg) justifies less than optimal enzyme production and limitations in its catalytic efficiency. In order to achieve the widening of industrial application of enzymatic bio-oxidation processes to also larger volume but lower price chemical markets, ROBOX will demonstrate the techno-economic viability of bio-transformations of four types of robust oxidative enzymes: P450 monooxygenases (P450s), Baeyer-Villiger MonoOxygenase (BVMOs), Alcohol DeHydrogenase (ADH) and Alcohol OXidase (AOX) for which target reactions have already been validated on lab-scale in pharma, nutrition, fine & specialty chemicals and materials applications.
The introduction of ROBOX bio-oxidation processes is expected to bring substantial reductions in cost (up to -50%), energy use (-60%), chemicals (-16%) and GHG-emissions (-50%).
The ROBOX project has an integrated work-flow structure of 7 work packages.
The intensive networking with our scientific partners enables us to keep at the front line of top-level research and strengthens the knowledge base in the field of industrial biotechnology.
On the 9th of April ROBOX partner ACIB presented science to young kids from the Nanoversity kindergarden who visited them to experience biotechnology. This assures us this subject is one for the future.
Our partners ACIB and TUG on Friday April 13, 2018 took part in the free to enter eighth Long Night of Research. The world of science and research was presented using current projects, new findings and technologies to present research science in an exciting, understandable and entertaining way. ACIB Long Night of Research One highlight…