Novel halophilic biotechnology for PHA production from sugar
Applicants with skills/experience in bioprocess engineering or biotechnology are encouraged to apply
Academic Lead: Associate Professor Adrian Oehman
School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland
Industry Lead: Dr Katie Macintosh
The biotechnology for commercial production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) is still somewhat constrained by the challenges with maintaining a pure culture of PHA accumulating organisms.
This project considers the use of halophiles – organisms with high salt tolerance – allowing for bioproduction in highly saline conditions, which precludes contamination without the requirement for sterilisation.
This project is developed in partnership with the City of Gold Coast, with the view to establishing an economy for sugarcane to PHA.