Plastic degradation by designer enzymes

This project is made possible by generous funding from FORMAS and Energimyndigheten.

The overarching goal of this project is to enable mild biocatalytic depolymerization of textile fibers and plastics through innovative biotechnology methods. As nature did not yet have had the time to evolve microbes and their enzymes to depolymerize artificial man-made materials, enzyme design and engineering programs are urgently needed to enable recycling of inert materials. We are developing enzyme engineering programs based on understanding the dynamical aspects of biocatalytic plastic depolymerization.

Picture2

Our research could enable the utilization of textile and plastic waste as resource to be re-used by transformation into functional monomers, even from blends.