Scientists in London have pioneered a method to accelerate the bioprocessing technique used to make products including biofuel, plastics and medicines.

By modifying the glucosidase enzyme, the team from Imperial College London can ‘break down plant-based biomass 30 times faster’ – which is good news in the quest to improve efficiency in areas like biofuel production and plastic recycling.

 

“We’ve made bioprocessing faster, which will require less equipment and will reduce carbon footprint. One major advantage of this will be increased biofuel production – potentially helping biofuels become more widespread as a result,” said Dr Alex Brogan, of Imperial College London’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

 

It is the latest positive development relating to biofuels – a journey we cover a lot on these pages.