INSPIRED by nature, University of Huddersfield scientist Dr Jason Camp is pioneering the use of simple sugars to power chemical reactions. It means that industries such as pharmaceuticals and agro-chemicals will have a renewable, inexpensive and non-toxic method of catalysis.
The project has received financial backing from several leading firms.
Dr Camp, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University’s School of Applied Sciences, has been exploring sugar-powered catalysis for the last six years. He heads a group of scientists at Huddersfield and also the University of Nottingham – where he was previously based – who are carrying out the research. Their findings are being relayed in presentations and articles, with the latest appearing in the new edition of RSC Advances, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The article concludes with the claim that “our study provides the groundwork for a simple technology that opens up exciting opportunities” by harnessing the reducing potential of renewable sugars.
The concept of sugar-powered catalysis has also attracted interest at the House of Commons, when University of Huddersfield chemistry student David Austin – who has been working with Dr Camp – took part in an event showcasing the UK’s best undergraduate research.
Dr Camp said that although biological processes were the basis for his work, the research is pure chemistry. “We are inspired by nature, but we don’t use enzymes or biological processes.”
Sugars have been used for catalysis in the past, said Dr Camp, but techniques such as advanced spectroscopy have enabled him and his co-researchers to make key breakthroughs such as the requirement to minimize oxygen from the system in order to allow for a sugar-powered process.
The researchers have investigated a variety of reducing sugars – including sucrose and fructose – but glucose has become their principal focus. Dr Camp and his team are also examining the use of environmentally-benign solvent that contains no oil-derived substances. To this end, a collaboration has been formed with the multi-national company Circa, which is a pioneer in the processing of cellulose into a novel green solvent.
Dr Camp and his team have also attracted financial backing from a wide range of UK-based companies, including AstraZeneca, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Vertex and Johnson Matthey.
Posters in Parliament
Sugar-powered catalysis has many potential applications, said Dr Camp, who is currently exploring its use its use the development of novel dyes for solar-cell in collaboration with Dr Elizabeth Gibson of the University of Newcastle.
But he anticipates that agro-chemistry and pharmaceuticals will be the principal industries to use the new technology that he is developing, appreciating the cost and environmental benefits of using sugars.
The Latest on: Renewable sugars
via Google News
The Latest on: Renewable sugars
- India Glycols & Clariant successfully establish Joint Venture for renewable ethylene oxide derivativeson July 5, 2021 at 11:55 pm
India Glycols Limited (IGL: IN), (IGLY: IN), a leading company in the manufacturing of green technology-based chemicals & Clariant, a ...
- New York’s Sugar Hill community solar farm testing real-time optimal power flow softwareon July 5, 2021 at 4:45 am
The Sugar Hill Community Solar Farm is one of the first two sites nationwide to host a pilot project utilizing the Real-Time Optimal Power Flow (RT-OPF) software platform, designed to model, monitor ...
- Domino Sugars sign to be relit July 4 after months of darknesson July 1, 2021 at 2:39 pm
Fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up the sky around Baltimore this Fourth of July as the Domino Sugars sign is set to be relit on Independence Day after four months of restoration. The 120-by ...
- Sugar Rush in Louisiana as Delta Biofuels Plans Renewables Planton July 1, 2021 at 2:17 pm
Delta Biofuels Inc. expects to begin groundwork later this year on a $70 million renewable fuel plant that would utilize excess sugarcane pulp, or ...
- Delta Biofuel proposes $70 million renewable fuel planton June 29, 2021 at 10:12 pm
The planned production facility would produce biomass fuel pellets made from residual sugarcane fiber, known as bagasse. If located in Louisiana, Delta would create 126 new direct jobs with an average ...
- Biofuel company proposing $70 million renewable fuel plant in Iberia Parishon June 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm
If the facility lands in Jeanerette, it would create around 162 direct jobs with an average salary of $62,500.
- Delta Biofuel seeks to build $70 million renewable plant in Acadianaon June 29, 2021 at 6:57 am
Delta Biofuel is looking at building a $70-million renewable fuel plant in Iberia Parish. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson said the production facility would produce a fuel source that is a ...
- $70M plant that would turn sugarcane into fuel could create 200+ jobs in this Louisiana townon June 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm
A renewable fuels company is considering building a $70 million plant in Jeanerette that would turn sugarcane bagasse into fuel pellets.
- Company eyes Jeanerette for $70 million planton June 28, 2021 at 10:07 am
John Bel Edwards and Delta Biofuel CEO Philip Keating announced the company is evaluating Iberia Parish for a planned $70 million renewable fuel plant. The planned production facility would produce ...
- Shree Renuka Sugars investing Rs 450 crore to raise ethanol capacityon June 26, 2021 at 6:12 am
"Considering the huge untapped demand for ethanol due to the policies of Government of India on ethanol blending, the Board of Directors of the company approved further capacity expansion for ethanol ...
via Bing News