Petrochemically derived plastics may have provided a very light, strong, and economical material for day-to-day use for over 50 yr but their extensive use and difficulties with disposal have caused a cumulative environmental burden. Replacement of such plastics could be accomplished by eco-friendly biodegradable materials with similar properties, such as the biologically produced poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB). The development of a biorefinery for the production of PHB and other added-value side-products based solely on wheat bioconversion was presented. Bioprocess economics and overall non-renewable energy requirements were studied to minimize and restructure conventional upstream processing, bioconversion, and downstream processing. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (Glasgow, Scotland 7/10-14/2005).
|Title of host publication||7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, GLASGOW2005, incorporating the 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering - Congress Manuscripts|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering & 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering - Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Jul 2005 → 14 Jul 2005
|Conference||7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering & 5th European Congress of Chemical Engineering|
|Period||10/07/05 → 14/07/05|