Investigation of the impact of phosphorus-containing catalysts on the conversion of wood C-5 and C-6 polysaccharides into products with high potential for integrated biorefineries

Project status


Project execution time

01.04.2020 to 30.06.2023

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Project number (contract Nr.

Project manager

Prans Brazdausks

Involved laboratories

Biorefinery laboratory

Call, activity

Activity “Post-doctoral Research Aid” of the Specific Aid Objective 1.1.1 “To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure” of the Operational Programme “Growth and Employment”

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Project goal

To carry out industrial interdisciplinary research which will combine chemical the engineering and industrial biotechnology sectors and will promote knowledge transfer by developing a novel, effective and environmentally friendly technology for wood processing into furfural and lactic acid..

Main activities of the project: 1) Development of catalytic hydrolysis as a pretreatment process that simultaneously allows producing furfural from wood C-5 carbohydrates and preserving C-6 carbohydrates in the solid residue for further use; 2) Study of the enzymatic hydrolysis of the lignocellulosic residue as a pretreatment process for lactic acid production; 3) Study of lactic acid production from the glucose solution by the microbiological fermentation process.

Scientific consultants: Jānis Rižikovs un Juris Vanags.

Project duration: 36 months.

Total eligible costs of the Project account for 133,805.88 EUR, including funding from the European Regional Development Fund in amount of 85 % – 113,734.99 EUR.