Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Liu, Yuchang
Organisation Aalto University
Project title CEVALOR Cellular factories for the valorization of biorefinery chemicals
Decision No. 324854
Decision date 07.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2022
Funding 265 195
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Project description
Biological production platforms for the manufacture of chemical products pose a highly attractive solution en route to a bioeconomy-based society. Here, environmentally benign and resource-efficient conditions are characteristic features of microbial cellular factories and the tools of modern biotechnology permit the effective fine-tuning of these green reactors. Based on the recent development of novel enzymatic modules in the Aalto group of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, we envision the design and implementation of new biosynthetic pathways that will allow to address classical synthetic strategies for the valorization of biorefinery-derived furans. Exploiting the power of interdisciplinary approaches bridging classical chemistry with the life sciences, CEVALOR will enable the creation of sustainable, fermentative manufacturing strategies towards intermediates in the production of fragrances, pharmaceuticals, and bio-derived polymer precursors from non-fossil raw materials.