Biotechnological conversion of biomass in chemicals / active components
From biogenic raw or waste materials, such as grain, straw, or bagasse (residue from ethanol production), we produce lactic acid - a chemical base for bio-plastics. The conversion of biomass depends on metabolic activities of micro organisms.
The biotechnological process of continuous fermentation and the resource-efficient technical design of the down-stream processes are implemented in a pilot plant at the ATB. The practical scale allows the optimization of the process from raw materials to conversion and the provision of product samples with specific properties.
Research targets the stability and economic competitivity of the process on the basis of a wide range of raw materials.
- Extension of the raw material base for the production of lactic acid
- Selection and utilization of new lactic acid strains
- Production of pure L- and D-lactic acid
- Proof of the technical and biological long-term stability of the fermentation process
- Lactic acid from waste of the bakery industry by using selected micro organism strains
Contact: Dr. Joachim Venus