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1,3,5-Trioxane chemically is produced at large scales from formaldehyde which can be obtained either from methane or from second generation biomass via syngas and methanol. This solid dissolves well in water where it is stable. It is not toxic to microbes.

The oxidation/reduction levels of trioxane and sugars are the same. Consequently, trioxane does not pose the serious and inherent redox-related problems of methane or methanol. Trioxane has not been considered before as a feedstock in large-scale bioproduction processes.

A prerequisite for using trioxane as feedstock in fermentations is the availability of enzymes in the degradation of trioxane. Until now, no such enzymes have been described.

The presentation will deal with the merits of trioxane over methane or methanol as feedstocks and with findings on the biology of trioxane utilization.

  • Date:Wednesday, July 10
  • Time:11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location:318
  • Session Type:Company and Technical Presentation
  • BIO Track:Renewable Chemicals for a Sustainable Planet
Jan de Bont