Biome Bioplastics, UK's University of Warwick researching feasibility of producing biochemicals from lignin, a waste product of the pulp and paper industry
October 2, 2013 (Chemical Business Newsbase) – Biome Bioplastics is conducting pioneering research in the field of industrial biotechnology aimed at significantly improving the costs, functionality and performance of bio-based polymers. Earlier in 2013, the company was awarded a GBP 150,000 research grant by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to investigate bio-based alternatives for the oil derived organic chemicals used in the manufacture of bioplastics. This research is being undertaken in conjunction with the University of Warwick's Centre for Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining and is focused on the feasibility of deriving these chemicals from lignin, a waste product of the pulp and paper industry. Biome Bioplastics has now secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Warwick to broaden this work. The KTP project is supported by GBP 164,000 of funding from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It will fund a Postdoctoral Associate's work, to ensure that knowledge and expertise of lignin degradation are effectively transferred to the company. This project has a total budget of GBP 244,000. Original Source: Biome Bioplastics, 2013. Found on website: http://www.specialchem4polymers.com.