- Synthesis and Analysis of Performance-Advantaged Bioproducts

Gregg Beckham, Linda Broadbelt, Brent Shanks

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This project focuses on the synthesis and analysis of performance-advantaged bioproducts (PABPs). We have established collaborations with other BETO-funded projects and academic and industrial collaborators to source new molecules that have promising manufacturing pathways and that could be serve as performance-advantaged biochemicals or biopolymers. We conduct synthesis and characterization of biochemicals and biopolymers alongside techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment to estimate their cost and environmental impacts relative to incumbent materials. As part of the project, Profs. Linda Broadbelt and Brent Shanks are developing computational pathway prediction tools to identify optimal production pathways for bio-based compounds via biological and chemo-catalytic transformations. When coupled to the polyID tool from the Inverse Design project, these tools will ultimately enable a narrowing of design space for PABPs. From FY21-FY23, we described a framework for benchmarking PAPBs, estimated the energy and GHG emissions for commodity organic chemicals, developed performance-advantaged nylons and polyesters from beta-ketoadipic acid, and produced lignin-based plasticizers. We have shown that aromatic amines can be used in performance thermosets and that polyhydroxyalkanoates with crosslinked side chains can exhibit rubber-like properties, along with repair and degradability. We are working actively with industry partners on scale-up and validation of multiple PABPs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Project Peer Review, 3-7 April 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-2A00-85669


  • lignin
  • polymers


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