Biotechnology for lignocellulosic biomass

SCIENTIFIC AREA
Industrial Biotechnology
CENTER
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas CSIC (CIB)
VACANCIES
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CONTACT E-MAIL
susanacam@cib.csic.es
DESCRIPTION OF THE OFFER

Engineering of multicopper-oxidases (laccases) for valorization of industrial lignins

Conversion of waste products of the pulping processes such as lignin into valuable products is being considered as one of the main objectives to increase the economic viability of Lignocellulosic Biorefineries. Laccases  oxidize directly the phenolic components of lignin and indirectly, in the presence of a proper redox mediator, the heterogeneous nonphenolic lignin components. Laccases are green biocatalyst that only require oxygen from the air for their activity. The project aims to enhance laccase properties by enzyme engineering to be used as biocatalyst of transformation of industrial lignins (valorization) to promote their usage in different applications

MASTER
Biotechnology