The opportunity for high-performance biomaterials from methane

Strong, Peter James, Laycock, Bronwyn, Syed Mahamud, Syarifah, Jensen, Paul, Lant, Paul A., Gene Tyson and Pratt, Steven (2016) The opportunity for high-performance biomaterials from methane. Microorganisms, 4 1: . doi:10.3390/microorganisms4010011

Author Strong, Peter James
Laycock, Bronwyn
Syed Mahamud, Syarifah
Jensen, Paul
Lant, Paul A.
Gene Tyson
Pratt, Steven
Title The opportunity for high-performance biomaterials from methane
Journal name Microorganisms   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2076-2607
Publication date 2016-02-03
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3390/microorganisms4010011
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 1
Total pages 20
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
Language eng
Abstract Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers are widely recognised as outstanding candidates to replace conventional petroleum-derived polymers. Their mechanical properties are good and can be tailored through copolymer composition, they are biodegradable, and unlike many alternatives, they do not rely on oil-based feedstocks. Further, they are the only commodity polymer that can be synthesised intracellularly, ensuring stereoregularity and high molecular weight. However, despite offering enormous potential for many years, they are still not making a significant impact. This is broadly because commercial uptake has been limited by variable performance (inconsistent polymer properties) and high production costs of the raw polymer. Additionally, the main type of PHA produced naturally is poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB), which has limited scope due to its brittle nature and low thermal stability, as well as its tendency to embrittle over time. Production cost is strongly impacted by the type of the feedstock used. In this article we consider: the production of PHAs from methanotrophs using methane as a cost-effective substrate; the use of mixed cultures, as opposed to pure strains; and strategies to generate a poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) copolymer (PHBV), which has more desirable qualities such as toughness and elasticity.
Keyword PHA
syngas methanotroph
gas fermentation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article no. 11

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: School of Civil Engineering Publications
School of Chemical Engineering Publications
HERDC Pre-Audit
Advanced Water Management Centre Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 14:10:21 EST by Ms Kirsty Fraser on behalf of School of Chemical Engineering