Graz University develops “natural” plastic material
22. Mai 2012
The prerequisite for the manufacture of cost-effective plastic materials was provided by research at theInstitute of Chemistry of Graz University. Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kroutil and his team have found out, how natural enzymes can be used to produce plastic material components for polyamides. The enzymes, natural proteins, are the biocatalysts, which accelerate chemical reactions […]
The idea originates from nature itself. “Each living cell represents a highly efficient machinery, which takes up nutrients, processes them and produces new substances. In that, using most different biocatalysts in individual successive steps, the materials are converted into a new substance via a so-called environmental cascade”, Kroutil explains the principle.
Trendsetting research results from the area of bio-catalysis form the centre of an international conference, which was opened at Graz University on 10 April 2012. Vice-Rector Peter Riedler welcomed the more than 160 participants from five continents at Karl Franzens University.
Over the past years, bio-catalysis has increasingly gained significance as “green chemistry”. In that, enzymes existing in nature are used to accelerate chemical reactions as biocatalysts. The technology is efficient and at the same time environmentally compatible.
Organiser of the conference, which until 13 April 2012 will be dealing with trendsetting research results from the area of bio-catalysis in Graz, is Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Kroutil. The chemist of Karl Franzens University himself has together with his team made several groundbreaking discoveries already, for example, how enzymes from nature can be used to produce plastic materials components for polyamides.
Source of information: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz / News 3.4.2012
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