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BioUPGRADE unites expertise in functional genomics and material science to deliver breakthrough biotechnologies that sustainably upgrade nature’s main structural biopolymers into high-value and multipurpose materials.

Living organisms drive our planetary carbon cycle via biocatalysts that transform carbon-dioxide into an enormous array of diverse and functional molecules. A significant fraction of this carbon is transformed into structural cell wall polysaccharides, like cellulose, hemicelluloses, and chitin. Thus, these polysaccharides represent the most abundant source of natural polymers on Earth.

Today, most biocatalysts used in bio-based economies degrade structural polysaccharides for use as commodity chemicals and fuels. Instead, BioUPGRADE is driven by the untapped opportunity to channel the selectivity of biocatalysts to create high-value and sustainable bioproducts that maximize the efficient use of renewable bioresources.


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Welcome

BioUPGRADE unites expertise in functional genomics and material science to deliver breakthrough biotechnologies that sustainably upgrade nature’s main structural biopolymers into high-value and multipurpose materials.

Living organisms drive our planetary carbon cycle via biocatalysts that transform carbon-dioxide into an enormous array of diverse and functional molecules. A significant fraction of this carbon is transformed into structural cell wall polysaccharides, like cellulose, hemicelluloses, and chitin. Thus, these polysaccharides represent the most abundant source of natural polymers on Earth.

Today, most biocatalysts used in bio-based economies degrade structural polysaccharides for use as commodity chemicals and fuels. Instead, BioUPGRADE is driven by the untapped opportunity to channel the selectivity of biocatalysts to create high-value and sustainable bioproducts that maximize the efficient use of renewable bioresources.


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Upcoming events


ACS Spring March 17-21, New Orleans

Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials – Enzymatic Upgrading of Biopolymers Towards Multipurpose Functional Materials Structural cell wall polysaccharides such as cellulose, chitin, and hemicelluloses constitute the main renewable resource from [...] Read more »

Latest news


Two new publications to start 2024

Our team members from Aalto University and UPM have written a review article about impacts of expansin-related proteins on lignocellulosic materials and prospective applications in lignocellulose processing: Comparative assessment of chemical and biochemical [...] Read more »

UPM visits KTH to strengthen further collaborations

BioUPGRADE partner UPM had the pleasure of visiting KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where they met with the talented researchers from the lab of Francisco Javier Vilaplana Domingo. Project members had fruitful discussions on various [...] Read more »

Bioupgrade collaborators

 
Aalto University
UPM
CIC biogune
KTH