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
Leading partner: Latvian state Institute of Wood Chemistry
- Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University
- Uppsala BioCenter of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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: Dr.sc.ing. Jānis Rižikovs un Dr.sc.ing. 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.