RPT / Renewable Product Technologies
Current Research Projects
New Microbial Catalysts
Develop new microorganisms and biocatalysts that can be employed in the fermentative conversion of renewable agricultural materials to fuels and other valuable products.
Metabolic engineering of the fungus Rhizopus oryzae for improved production of value-added products.
High Value Carbohydrate Products
Develop biocatalytic methods for the conversion of crop-derived carbohydrates to high value polysaccharides or oligosaccharides.
Biocatalytic Transformation of Plant Lipids
Develop biocatalytic systems to convert vegetable oils and phospholipids to higher value products such as skincare cosmetics, nutraceuticals, and chemical intermediates.
Thermochemical Catalysis to enable the Production of Chemicals
Develop chemical approaches to convert vegetable oils and biomass to bio-based, industrial chemicals and products, including aromatic chemical intermediates, diacids, lactones, and ketones.