A smart way of transforming lignin into added-value bio-aromatics
Biorefineries convert biomass into products such as biopolymers, food and cosmetic ingredients, etc. As the cornerstone for the transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, biorefineries rely on nature's catalysts: enzymes. However, conventional enzyme engineering methods are slow and inefficient. The EU-funded SMARTBOX project applies computational enzyme engineering methods to screen for the most promising oxidative enzyme variants leading to reduction in time and costs for the conversion of lignin into bio-aromatics such as vanillin, FDCA and polycarbonate building-blocks. This makes oxidative biocatalysis an effective approach in biorefining. For the first time ever, SMARTBOX will combine oxidative biocatalysis with reductive catalytic fractionation technology, which will allow the economically and environmentally sustainable production of added-value lignin applications.
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