Institutes and centres:

Second generation, sustainable, bacterial biofuels

Biobutanol is widely recognised as a superior biofuel to ethanol, in terms of energy content, ease of distribution, versatility and applications. However, the strains of bacteria currently used to produce biobutanol generate unwanted by-products and are inefficient. Moreover, they are unable to utilise lignocellulose directly as a feedstock.

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Aims and objectives

We aim to create more environmentally friendly and sustainable processes for second generation biofuel production by:

Key resources and technologies

Programme lead

Associated programme members

External contact

Professor Nigel Peter Minton, BSBEC Second Generation, Sustainable, Bacterial Biofuels Programme, The University of Nottingham


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