Green building blocks: high-level itaconic acid production by engineered fungi
Physical Sciences : Materials and Compounds
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- Hal Alper, Ph.D. , Chemical Engineering
- John Blazeck, Ph.D. , University of Texas at Austin
- Andrew Hill , University of Texas at Austin
Itaconic acid was listed by the U.S. Department of Energy?s biomass program as one of the Top 12 Top Value-Added Chemicals. It is a fully sustainable industrial building block, primarily used as a co-monomer, with applications in the paper and architectural coating industries.
Researchers at UT Austin have utilized the metabolic and genetic engineering of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica for high-level production of itaconic acid through a fermentation-based process.
- Renewable processing for chemicals
- Green approach for the production of itaconic acid, acrylics, and other materials
- High yields and flexible platform
Metabolically engineered yeasts that can produce itaconic acid with a higher yield than the current state of the art
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Builders in phosphate-free detergents
Unsaturated polyester resins
- 1 U.S. patent application filed