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Title: Renewable monomers for bio-styrene formation using phenolic acid decarboxylase
Author: Bahrin, Nurfariza
ISNI:       0000 0004 7224 5058
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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Lignocellulose is an abundant natural polymer on earth that contains renewable resource of aromatic compound, the lignin. Many industrially valuable chemicals can be developed from lignin and this can reduce the dependency on petrochemicals. Wheat straw contains ferulic acid as one of its building blocks, which can be accumulated as a major metabolite from growth with Rhodococcus jostii RHA1, a known lignin degrading bacteria in minimal media. Using the enzyme phenolic acid decarboxylase (PAD) in engineered E.coli, ferulic acid was converted into 4-vinylguaiacol (3-methoxy-4-hydroxystyrene). The substituted monostyrene was then enzymatically polymerised by laccase to form a polymer that showed an adhesive property. This enzymatically generated polymer can potentially provide an alternative to synthetic process, besides providing renewable option to generate environmental friendly material in ambient conditions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Mara (Organization) ; Malaysia
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QD Chemistry