Our research in Biorefinery Engineering and Bioprocessing focusses on bioprocess technologies and biorefinery integration, and more specifically on the themes shown below.
A new class of food ingredients and non-food products
A key bioprocessing technology
Encompassing integration issues at the wider scale
An important raw material for food and non-food processes
The figure below illustrates an integrated biorefinery using processing innovations (in yellow) to improve the nutritional value of DDGS, the animal feed co-product of bioethanol production.
The figure illustrates integration (dotted lines) with conventional bioethanol production to produce a novel food ingredient, arabinoxylan (AX), the removal of which improves the remaining DDGS for animal feed by reducing its fibre content (a synergistic, win-win result).
Meanwhile, fractionation, extrusion, enzyme treatment and fermentation are specific innovations with potential to further enhance the nutritional potential of the DDGS.