Global Bioenergies unveils metabolic pathway for bio-production of propylene
Oct 10, 2012 - French alternative fuels specialist Global Bioenergies unveiled on Tuesday a new metabolic pathway that would make possible the direct conversion of renewable resources into propylene.
Propylene is one of the most widely used petrochemicals, which is a key ingredient for the production of polypropylene plastics, and currently represents a market of USD 93 billion (EUR 72bn).
Philippe Marliere, co-founder and president of Global Bioenergies' Scientific Advisory Board, said that the company had experimentally identified an enzyme candidate for each segment of the artificial metabolic pathway. Global Bioenergies has filed several patent applications covering various aspects of the process.
Now the company will proceed to the engineering of more active enzymes and will use them on microbial strains over the next few years in an attempt to produce a process prototype, which will then have to be optimised for industrial use.