Macroalgal biorefinery

Partners: University of Akureyri, University of Iceland, Lund University

Research Fund: Rannsóknarsjóður

Started: 2015


Ólafur H. Friðjónsson

Group Leader

One of the most important tasks of biotechnology today is to develop cost-effective production of valuable materials from cheap biomass.

Many thermophilic microorganisms can break down various polysaccharides from plants and algae efficiently and ferment and utilize the breakdown sugars.

The aim of the project is to use thermophilic bacteria of the genus Thermoanaerobacterium to convert the decomposition products of seaweed into a valuable substance: 1,2-propanediol which is used as a basic substance e.g. in the production of various degradable polymeric materials.