CBiRC’s “Bioproducts Foundry” is developing several cross-cutting technologies into “Testbed” concepts or systems that combine multiple technologies developed from the Research Program (combined output of Thrust1, 2 and 3). This can be envisioned as an array of opportinities in the form of multiple biorenewable chemical platforms (see diagrams below) that serve to enable scalable manufacturing of bioproducts serving a range of market sectors.
Although multiple testbeds can be envisioned, CBiRC currently has three Testbeds under development in the Bioproducts Foundry: (i) Carboxylic Acids Testbed, (ii) Pyrones Testbed, (iii) Bi/Multi-Functionals Testbed. The testbeds utilize know-how combined with innovative research and education programs in Fermentation, Biocatalysis, Chemical Catalysis with an expectation of end-user developments such as polymerization:
- Fermentation: CBiRC is redirecting valuable renewable biomaterial away from ethanol fermentation into an array of novel biorenewable or bio-based chemicals.
- Biocatalysis: CBiRC is basing its biocatalysis efforts on the fatty acid or polyketide biosynthetic pathway with a goal of enhancing microbial production through targeted engineering.
- Chemical Catalysis: By combining chemical catalysis with novel fermentation and biocatalysis, CBiRC creates an array of novel chemical intermediates (e.g., olefins, diols, dienes, branched and ring structures, ethers and esters).
- Polymerization: CBiRC expects these chemical intermediates to be used in the chemical industry to make an array of polymers such as polyolefins, synthetic rubbers, resins, polystyrenes/nylons, and biodegradables.