New Enzymatically Produced Interpenetrating Starch-Cellulose Gels

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Biological Chemistry


The project aims to translate existing academic research to enable the production of interpenetrating network (IPN) gels of starch and nanocellulose fibres using side-by-side enzymatic and/or bacterial synthesis routes. These IPN gels will be produced with the end aim of use in the food and home care industries. The project will develop tandem enzymatic processes for the production of small fragments of starch, xyloglucan and cellulose, assembly of components into gels in the presence of water, and characterisation of the mechanical and physical properties of the gels. We will valorise waste, making new products, reducing costs and CO2 emissions for the companies we will support through this technology. Industrial input will guide development of the gels, targetting key industrial applications. No research has yet developed gels based on industrial biotechnology approaches to produce small molecules of starch combining them with cellulose fibrils.


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Description Enzymatic methods to prepare novel fluorinated and aminated celluloses
Exploitation Route Biodegradable, pH-responsive gels and films
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

Title Enzyme to prepare beta-glucans 
Description Identification of key enzyme and establishment of SOP for the enzymatic synthesis of immune-active beta-glucans. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Too early to tell