This project is made possible by generous funding from SLF – Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning.
The main purpose of this interdisciplinary project is to generate renewable advanced materials from biomass through green technologies. Harvest2.0 focuses on valorizing furans extracted from agricultural by-products. In the first stage of the project, advanced functional star-shaped polymers were generated by enzyme catalysis. The renewable building block furoic acid (bold box, figure) derived from hemicellulose was successfully incorporated into the polymer structure. The material was shown to be thermoresponsive thus opening up new applications for agricultural byproducts.
We now build upon our developed methodology which will enable incorporation of the climate gas CO2 by polymer technologies. This green upcycling will yield valuable, advanced and “climate smart” materials. To reach these goals, the project integrates chemistry, biotechnology, metabolic engineering and material science within an international collaboration between academia (KTH/SciLifeLab), research institutes (RISE and VTT), raw material suppliers (Lantmännen) and Swedish basal industry.
Harvest2.0 thus addresses the whole value chain in the emerging bioeconomy – from side-streams to renewable product. The project thus has a high potential to enhance the competitiveness of Swedish farmers by enabling green synthesis of novel sustainable polymers from biomass, which would reduce climate impact and emission of CO2.