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Improving enzyme process for bioplastics

Carbios, a French green chemistry company that specialises in the recovery of plastic waste and the production of biopolymers, has signed a strategic partnership with the White Biotechnology Center of Excellence/National Institute for Agricultural Research (TWB).

The work is being developed in collaboration with CRITT Bio-industries, a department of the Toulouse branch of the National Institute for Scientific Research.

Carbios and CRITT/TWB teams will work to optimise the enzymatic processes, the common bioprocess platform developed by Carbios via the five-year Thanaplast project. The sharing of expertise will allow for faster development.

It will also allow for the purification of monomers generated by the depolymerisation in order for them to be used in the regeneration of the initial monomer. At the end of the pilot, Carbios will be able to show the effectiveness of its bioprocesses at industrial scales.

Pierre Monsan, founding director of TWB, said: “This partnership will help in the development of alternatives to conventional chemistry methods, allowing the optimisation of the lifecycle of plastics.”

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