Bio-Plastic By Algae

A Korean research team led by Dr. Woo Han-min and Prof . Sim Sang-joon have successfully developed a method to directly produce succinic acid from algae using genetically-modified bacteria. As a core precursor biochemical materials, succinic acid can be used in plastic, synthetic plasticizers, solvents and coating material (through additional chemical reactions…) A lot of attention is being paid on whether or not this method will lead to the replacement of plastic products made from petrochemicals.

Dr. Woo said, “This study was aimed at developing a technique to make next-gen sustainable bio-chemical products that can respond to the depletion of fossil fuels and climate change.”


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