Metabolic and Enzyme Engineering for the Biotechnological Production of Partially Acetylated Chitosans

01 October 2011 → 30 September 2014
Private funding via IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biocatalysis and enzyme technology
    • Bioprocessing, bioproduction and bioproducts
    • Fermentation
    • Industrial biotechnology diagnostics
    • Industrial microbiology
    • Industrial molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins
    • Industrial biotechnology not elsewhere classified
pattern of acetylation chitosan metabolic engineering
Project description

The ChitoBioEngineering project aims at establishing, through genetic, metabolic and enzyme engineering, biotechnological ways of producing fully defined, partially acetylated chitosans. Today’s commercially available chitosans are produced chemically from chitin isolated from shrimp shell wastes. They can be well defined concerning their degree of polymerisation and degree of acetylation, but they are invariably characterised by a random pattern of acetylation. This project will solve this.