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  • 1.
    Abrahamsson, Louise
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change.
    Improving methane production using hydrodynamic cavitation as pre-treatment2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    To develop anaerobic digestion (AD), innovative solutions to increase methane yields in existing AD processes are needed. In particular, the adoption of low energy pre-treatments to enhance biomass biodegradability is needed to provide efficient digestion processes increasing profitability. To obtain these features, hydrodynamic cavitation has been evaluated as an innovative solutions for AD of waste activated sludge (WAS), food waste (FW), macro algae and grass, in comparison with steam explosion (high energy pre-treatment). The effect of these two pre-treatments on the substrates, e.g. particle size distribution, soluble chemical oxygen demand (sCOD), biochemical methane potential (BMP) and biodegradability rate, have been evaluated. After two minutes of hydrodynamic cavitation (8 bar), the mean fine particle size decreased from 489- 1344 nm to 277- 381 nm (≤77% reduction) depending of the biomasses. Similar impacts were observed after ten minutes of steam explosion (210 °C, 30 bar) with a reduction in particle size between 40% and 70% for all the substrates treated.  In terms of BMP value, hydrodynamic cavitation caused significant increment only within the A. nodosum showing a post treatment increment of 44% compared to the untreated value, while similar values were obtained before and after treatment within the other tested substrates. In contrast, steam explosion allowed an increment for all treated samples, A. nodosum (+86%), grass (14%) and S. latissima (4%). However, greater impacts where observed with hydrodynamic cavitation than steam explosion when comparing the kinetic constant K. Overall, hydrodynamic cavitation appeared an efficient pre-treatment for AD capable to compete with the traditional steam explosion in terms om kinetics and providing a more efficient energy balance (+14%) as well as methane yield for A. nodosum.

  • 2.
    Agarwal, Parminder
    et al.
    Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Effect of polymeric additives on calcium carbonate crystallization as monitored by nephelometry2004In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 479-483Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of polymaleimide polymers on calcium carbonate crystallization was studied using nephelometry. Induction time and percent growth inhibition were determined for polymeric additives from the nephelometric data. The polymaleimide synthesized by KOH-initiated polymerization exhibited the greatest growth inhibition and longest nucleation time among the polymers investigated. Raman spectroscopy was used to determine the calcium carbonate polymorph formed in the presence of these polymeric additives.

  • 3.
    Agarwal, Parminder
    et al.
    Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    In situ monitoring of calcium carbonate polymorphs during batch crystallization in the presence of polymeric additives using Raman spectroscopy2003In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 3, no 6, p. 941-946Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polycarboxylic acids are well-known to affect calcium carbonate crystallization. Agarwal et al. (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2003, in press) reported previously the synthesis of polymaleimide by a variety of techniques and initiators. In the present work, the effect of these polymers on calcium carbonate crystallization was studied by a variety of techniques. Crystallization experiments were carried out in a 1-L LABMAX automated batch reactor, and the concentration of calcium in solution was determined in real time. Raman spectroscopy was used to determine the relative amount of various calcium carbonate polymorphs as the crystallization occurred. However, Raman spectroscopy is a scattering technique, which may make it surface selective, and therefore results from solids may not be representative of bulk of sample. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to compare the results obtained by Raman spectroscopy. Peak intensity ratios were used for both Raman spectroscopy and XRD for calibration and measurement purposes. The results obtained by these two techniques for final percent vaterite for calcium carbonate crystallization in the presence of polymeric additives were in agreement within 2%. Therefore, use of Raman spectroscopy for in situ measurement of polymorph composition during calcium carbonate crystallization appears accurate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data were useful in understanding the crystal morphology and to determine crystal size.

  • 4.
    Agarwal, Parminder
    et al.
    Michigan State University.
    Yu, Qiuyue
    Michigan State University.
    Harant, Adam
    Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Synthesis and characterization of polymaleimide2003In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 42, no 13, p. 2881-2884Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Simplified syntheses of polymaleimide employing anionic polymerization (from the melt and from solution) and metal compound-alcohol initiators such as PbO, SnO, tin bis(2-ethyl hexanoate) in the presence of tert-butyl benzyl alcohol are presented. The resulting polymers contain a combination of C-N- and C-C-connected monomers. Preliminary structures of the polymers were determined using NMR spectroscopy. The ratio of C-N- and C-C-connected monomers was determined, and the percentage of C-N-connected monomer units was found to vary from 40 to 80%, with the higher percentage resulting from anionic polymerization. The molecular weights of the polymers, as determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) with aqueous mobile phase and sodium polyacrylates standards, ranged between 1100 and 4200 for anionic polymerization and were about 11 500 for metal oxide-alcohol initiated polymerization. Solution-phase properties of the polymaleimides were evaluated by calcium chelation and precipitation inhibition studies. On the basis of the measured properties of these polymers, they are proposed as biodegradable, low-impact detergent additives to substitute currently used compounds.

  • 5.
    Ahlén, Gustaf
    et al.
    Recopharma AB.
    Strindelius, Lena
    Recopharma AB.
    Johansson, Tomas
    Recopharma AB.
    Nilsson, Anki
    Rrecopharma AB.
    Chatzissavidou, Nathalie
    Recopharma AB.
    Sjöblom, Magnus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Holsgersson, Jan
    Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy.
    Mannosylated mucin-type immunoglobulin fusion proteins enhance antigen-specific antibody and T lymphocyte responses2012In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 7, no 10Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Targeting antigens to antigen-presenting cells (APC) improve their immunogenicity and capacity to induce Th1 responses and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL). We have generated a mucin-type immunoglobulin fusion protein (PSGL-1/mIgG2b), which upon expression in the yeast Pichia pastoris became multivalently substituted with O-linked oligomannose structures and bound the macrophage mannose receptor (MMR) and dendritic cell-specific intercellular adhesion molecule-3 grabbing non-integrin (DC-SIGN) with high affinity in vitro. Here, its effects on the humoral and cellular anti-ovalbumin (OVA) responses in C57BL/6 mice are presented.OVA antibody class and subclass responses were determined by ELISA, the generation of anti-OVA CTLs was assessed in 51Cr release assays using in vitro-stimulated immune spleen cells from the different groups of mice as effector cells and OVA peptide-fed RMA-S cells as targets, and evaluation of the type of Th cell response was done by IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4 and IL-5 ELISpot assays.Immunizations with the OVA − mannosylated PSGL-1/mIgG2b conjugate, especially when combined with the AbISCO®-100 adjuvant, lead to faster, stronger and broader (with regard to IgG subclass) OVA IgG responses, a stronger OVA-specific CTL response and stronger Th1 and Th2 responses than if OVA was used alone or together with AbISCO®-100. Also non-covalent mixing of mannosylated PSGL-1/mIgG2b, OVA and AbISCO®-100 lead to relatively stronger humoral and cellular responses. The O-glycan oligomannoses were necessary because PSGL-1/mIgG2b with mono- and disialyl core 1 structures did not have this effect.Mannosylated mucin-type fusion proteins can be used as versatile APC-targeting molecules for vaccines and as such enhance both humoral and cellular immune responses.

  • 6. Anasontzis, George
    et al.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Challenges in ethanol production with Fusarium oxysporum through consolidated bioprocessing2014In: Bioengineered, ISSN 2165-5979, E-ISSN 2165-5987, Vol. 5, no 6, p. 393-395Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Fusarium oxysporum has been reported as being able to both produce the enzymes necessary to degrade lignocellulosic biomass to sugars and also ferment the monosaccharides to ethanol under anaerobic or microaerobic conditions. However, in order to become an economically feasible alternative to other ethanol-producing microorganisms, a better understanding of its physiology, metabolic pathways, and bottlenecks is required, together with an improvement in its efficiency and robustness. In this report, we describe the challenges for the future and give additional justification for our recent publication.

  • 7.
    Anasontzis, George E.
    et al.
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Microbial Biotechnology Unit, Sector of Botany, Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Zografou.
    Kourtoglou, Elisavet
    National Technical University of Athens, BIOtechMASS Unit, Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
    Villas-Boâs, Silas G
    Centre for Microbial Innovation, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, Technical University of Denmark.
    Hatzinikolaou, Dimitris G.
    Department of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Metabolic Engineering of Fusarium oxysporum to Improve Its Ethanol-Producing Capability2016In: Frontiers in Microbiology, ISSN 1664-302X, E-ISSN 1664-302X, Vol. 7, article id 632Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fusarium oxysporum is one of the few filamentous fungi capable of fermenting ethanol directly from plant cell wall biomass. It has the enzymatic toolbox necessary to break down biomass to its monosaccharides and, under anaerobic and microaerobic conditions, ferments them to ethanol. Although these traits could enable its use in consolidated processes and thus bypass some of the bottlenecks encountered in ethanol production from lignocellulosic material when Saccharomyces cerevisiae is used-namely its inability to degrade lignocellulose and to consume pentoses-two major disadvantages of F. oxysporum compared to the yeast-its low growth rate and low ethanol productivity-hinder the further development of this process. We had previously identified phosphoglucomutase and transaldolase, two major enzymes of glucose catabolism and the pentose phosphate pathway, as possible bottlenecks in the metabolism of the fungus and we had reported the effect of their constitutive production on the growth characteristics of the fungus. In this study, we investigated the effect of their constitutive production on ethanol productivity under anaerobic conditions. We report an increase in ethanol yield and a concomitant decrease in acetic acid production. Metabolomics analysis revealed that the genetic modifications applied did not simply accelerate the metabolic rate of the microorganism; they also affected the relative concentrations of the various metabolites suggesting an increased channeling toward the chorismate pathway, an activation of the γ-aminobutyric acid shunt, and an excess in NADPH regeneration

  • 8.
    Anasontzis, George
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
    Kourtoglou, Elisavet
    BIOtechMASS Unit, Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
    Mamma, Diomi
    BIOtechMASS Unit, Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
    Villas-Boâs, Silas G
    Centre for Microbial Innovation, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland.
    Hatzinikolaou, Dimitris
    Microbial Biotechnology Unit, Sector of Botany, Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Constitutive homologous expression of phosphoglucomutase and transaldolase increases the metabolic flux of Fusarium oxysporum2014In: Microbial Cell Factories, ISSN 1475-2859, E-ISSN 1475-2859, Vol. 13, article id 43Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Fusarium oxysporum is among the few filamentous fungi that have been reported of being able to directly ferment biomass to ethanol in a consolidated bioprocess. Understanding its metabolic pathways and their limitations can provide some insights on the genetic modifications required to enhance its growth and subsequent fermentation capability. In this study, we investigated the hypothesis reported previously that phosphoglucomutase and transaldolase are metabolic bottlenecks in the glycolysis and pentose phosphate pathway of the F. oxysporum metabolism.RESULTS: Both enzymes were homologously overexpressed in F. oxysporum F3 using the gpdA promoter of Aspergillus nidulans for constitutive expression. Transformants were screened for their phosphoglucomutase and transaldolase genes expression levels with northern blot. The selected transformant exhibited high mRNA levels for both genes, as well as higher specific activities of the corresponding enzymes, compared to the wild type. It also displayed more than 20 and 15% higher specific growth rate upon aerobic growth on glucose and xylose, respectively, as carbon sources and 30% higher xylose to biomass yield. The determination of the relative intracellular amino and non-amino organic acid concentrations at the end of growth revealed higher abundance of most determined metabolites between 1.5- and 3-times in the recombinant strain compared to the wild type. Lower abundance of the determined metabolites of the Krebs cycle and an 68-fold more glutamate were observed at the end of the cultivation, when xylose was used as carbon source.CONCLUSIONS: Homologous overexpression of phosphoglucomutase and transaldolase in F. oxysporum was shown to enhance the growth characteristics of the strain in both xylose and glucose in aerobic conditions. The intracellular metabolites profile indicated how the changes in the metabolome could have resulted in the observed growth characteristics.

  • 9.
    Anbalagan, Anbarasan
    Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
    A passage to wastewater nutrient recovery units: Microalgal-Bacterial bioreactors2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, the microalgal–bacterial process has been considered to be a very attractive engineering solution for wastewater treatment. However, it has not been widely studied in the context of conventional wastewater treatment design under Swedish conditions. The technology holds several advantages: as a CO2 sink, ability to withstand cold conditions, ability to grow under low light, fast settling without chemical precipitation, and reducing the loss of valuable nutrients (CO2, N2, N2O, PO4). The process also provides the option to be operated either as mainstream (treatment of municipal wastewater) or side stream (treatment of centrate from anaerobic digesters) to reduce the nutrient load of the wastewater. Furthermore, the application is not only limited to wastewater treatment; the biomass can be used to synthesise platform chemicals or biofuels and can be followed by recovery of ammonium and phosphate for use in agriculture.

    In the present study, the feasibility of applying the process in Swedish temperature and light conditions was investigated by implementing microalgae within the activated sludge process. In this context, the supporting operational and performance indicators (hydraulic retention time (HRT), sludge retention time (SRT) and nutrients removal) were evaluated to support naturally occurring consortia in photo-sequencing and continuous bioreactor configuration. Furthermore, CO2 uptake and light spectrum-mediated nutrient removal were investigated to reduce the impact on climate and the technical challenges associated with this type of system.

    The results identified effective retention times of 6 and 4 days (HRT = SRT) under limited lighting to reduce the electrical consumption. From the perspective of nitrogen removal, the process demands effective CO2 input either in the mainstream or side stream treatment. The incorporation of a vertical absorption column demonstrated effective CO2 mass transfer to support efficient nitrogen and phosphorus removal as a side stream treatment. However, the investigation of a continuous single-stage process as the mainstream showed a requirement for a lower SRT in comparison to semi-continuous operation due to faster settlability, regardless of inorganic carbon. Furthermore, the process showed an effective reduction of influent phosphorus and organic compounds (i.e. COD/TOC) load in the wastewater as a result of photosynthetic aeration. Most importantly, the operation was stable at the temperature equivalent of wastewater (12 and 13 ˚C), under different lighting (white, and red-blue wavelengths) and retention times (6 and 1.5 d HRT) with complete nitrification. Additionally, the biomass production was stable with faster settling properties without any physiochemical separation.

    The outcomes of this thesis on microalgal–bacterial nutrient removal demonstrates that (1) photosynthesis-based aeration at existing wastewater conditions under photo-sequential and continuous photobioreactor setup, (2) flocs with rapid settling characteristics at all studied retention times, (3) the possibility of increasing carbon supplementation to achieve higher carbon to nitrogen balance in the photobioreactor, and (4) most importantly, nitrification-based microalgal biomass uptake occurred at all spectral distributions, lower photosynthetic active radiation and existing wastewater conditions.

  • 10.
    Anderson, Mattias
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Afewerki, Samson
    Berglund, Per
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Cõrdova, Armando
    Total Synthesis of Capsaicin Analogues from Lignin-Derived Compounds by Combined Heterogeneous Metal, Organocatalytic and Enzymatic Cascades in One Pot2014In: Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, ISSN 1615-4150, E-ISSN 1615-4169, Vol. 356, no 9, p. 2113-2118Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The total synthesis of capsaicin analogues was performed in one pot, starting from compounds that can be derived from lignin. Heterogeneous palladium nanoparticles were used to oxidise alcohols to aldehydes, which were further converted to amines by an enzyme cascade system, including an amine transaminase. It was shown that the palladium catalyst and the enzyme cascade system could be successfully combined in the same pot for conversion of alcohols to amines without any purification of intermediates. The intermediate vanillyl-amine, prepared with the enzyme cascade system, could be further converted to capsaicin analogues without any purification using either fatty acids and a lipase, or Schotten-Baumann conditions, in the same pot. An aldol compound (a simple lignin model) could also be used as starting material for the synthesis of capsaicin analogues. Using l-alanine as organocatalyst, vanillin could be obtained by a retro-aldol reaction. This could be combined with the enzyme cascade system to convert the aldol compound to vanillylamine in a one-step one-pot reaction.

  • 11.
    Andersson, Christian
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Biobased production of succinic acid by Escherichia coli fermentation2009Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The prospects of peak oil, climate change and the dependency of fossil carbon have urged research and development of production methods for the manufacture of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources (biomass). The present thesis illustrates different aspects of biobased succinic acid production by a metabolically engineered E. coli strain. The main areas of the thesis are sugar utilisation and feedstock flexibility, and fermentation inhibition, both due to toxic compound derived from the raw material and the fermentation products themselves.The first part of this thesis aimed to investigate the fermentation characteristics of AFP184 in a medium consisting of corn steep liquor, inorganic salts and different sugar sources without supplementation with high-cost nutrients such as yeast extract and peptone. The effects of different sugars, sucrose, glucose, fructose, xylose, equal mixtures of glucose-fructose and glucose-xylose, on succinic acid production kinetics and yields in an industrially relevant medium were investigated. AFP184 was able to utilise all sugars and sugar combinations except sucrose for biomass generation and succinate production. Using glucose resulted in the highest yield, 0.83 (g succinic acid per g sugar consumed anaerobically). Using a high initial sugar concentration resulted in volumetric productivities of almost 3 g L-1 h-1, which is above estimated values for economically feasible production. However, succinic acid production ceased at final concentrations greater than 40 g L-1. To further increase succinic acid concentrations, fermentations using NH4OH, NaOH, KOH, K2CO3, and Na2CO3 as neutralising agents were performed and compared. It was shown that substantial improvements could be made by using alkali bases to neutralise the fermentations. The highest concentrations and productivities were achieved when Na2CO3 was used, 77 g L-1 and 3 g L-1 h-1 respectively. A gradual decrease in succinate productivity was observed during the fermentations, which was shown to be due to succinate accumulation in the broth and not as a result of the addition of neutralising agent or the subsequent increase in osmolarity.To maintain high succinate productivity by keeping a low extracellular succinic acid concentration fermentations were interrupted and cells recovered and resuspended in fresh media. By removing the succinate it was possible to maintain high succinic acid productivity for a prolonged time. Cells subjected to high concentrations of succinate were also able to regain high productivity once transferred into a succinate-free medium.In the last part of the thesis succinic acid production from softwood dilute acid hydrolysates was demonstrated. This study involved establishing the degree of detoxification necessary for growth and fermentation using industrial hydrolysates. Detoxification by treatment with lime and/or activated carbon was investigated and the results show that it was possible to produce succinate from softwood hydrolysates in yields comparable to those for synthetic sugars.The work done in this thesis increases the understanding of succinic acid production with AFP184, illustrate its limitations, and suggests improvements in the current technology with the long term aim of increasing the economical feasibility of biochemical succinic acid production.

  • 12. Andersson, Christian
    Succinic acid production using metabolically engineered Escherichia coli2007Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The prospects of peak oil, climate change and the dependency of fossil carbon have urged research and development of production methods for the manufacture of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources (biomass). To date, the primary emphasis has been placed on the replacement of oil for transportation fuels. A highly significant subset of petroleum usage is the production of chemicals, which represents 10-15% of the petroleum usage. White biotechnology, also called industrial biotechnology, is a fast evolving technology with a large potential to have a substantial impact on the industrial production of fuels and chemicals from biomass. This work addresses the issue of chemical production by investigating the production of bio-based succinic acid, which can be used in a wide range of applications to replace petroleum based chemicals. Succinic acid can be produced by fermentation of sugar by a number of organisms; one is Escherichia coli (E. coli). It is known that E. coli under anaerobic conditions produces a mixture of organic acids. In order to obtain a cost-effective production it is necessary to metabolically engineer the organism to produce succinic acid in greater yield than the other acids. In the current work, E. coli mutant AFP184 was used. AFP184 originates from a near wild type strain, the C600 (ATCC 23724), which can ferment both five and six carbon sugars and has mutations in the glucose specific phosphotransferase system (ptsG), the pyruvate formate lyase system (pfl) and in the fermentative lactate dehydrogenase system (ldh). The previous studies using different organisms have all used cultivation mediums supplemented to some degree with different nutrients like biotin, thiamine and yeast extract. In order to apply the technology to large scale, production must be cost-effective and it is important to minimise the use of additional supplements. The first part of this work aimed to investigate the fermentation characteristics of AFP184 in a medium consisting of corn steep liquor, inorganic salts and different sugar sources without supplementation of other additional nutrients. It addresses questions regarding the effect of different sugars on succinic acid kinetics and yields in an industrially relevant medium. In order to gain a sustainable production of succinic acid from biomass feedstocks (sugar from biomass) it is important to investigate how well the organism can utilise different sugars in the biomass. The sugars studied were sucrose, glucose, fructose, xylose and equal mixtures of glucose-fructose and glucose-xylose at a total initial sugar concentration of 100 g L-1. AFP184 was able to utilise all sugars and sugar combinations except sucrose for biomass generation and succinate production. Using glucose resulted in the highest yield, 0.83 (g succinic acid per g sugar consumed anaerobically). Fructose resulted in a yield of 0.66 and xylose of 0.5. Using a high initial sugar concentration made it possible to obtain volumetric productivities of almost 3 g L-1h-1, which is above estimated values for feasible economic production. Succinic acid production ceased at final concentrations greater than 40 g L-1. In order to further increase succinic acid concentrations, this inhibitory effect was studied in the second part of the present work. The inhibitory effects can be two-fold including pH-based inhibition and an anion specific effect on metabolism. It has been reported that high concentrations of ammonia inhibit E. coli growth and damage cell membranes. In order to limit toxic and inhibitory effects different neutralising agents were tested. First the use of NH4OH was optimised with respect to fermentation pH and it was found that the best results were obtained at pH 6.5-6.7. Optimal pH was then used with NaOH, KOH, and Na2CO3 as neutralising agents and it was shown that NaOH, KOH, and Na2CO3 neutralised fermentations could reach succinic acid concentrations of 69 and 61 and 78 g L-1 respectively without any significant decrease in succinic acid productivity. It was observed that cells lost viability during the cause anaerobic phase. It resulted in decreasing succinic acid productivities. It is believed that the viability decrease is a combined effect of organic acids concentration and the osmolarity of the medium. The work done in this thesis is aimed towards increasing the economical feasibility of a biochemical succinic acid production.

  • 13. Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Helmerius, Jonas
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Effects of neutralising agent, organic acids, and osmolarity on succinic acid production by Escherichia coli AFP1842008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Using a low-cost medium Escherichia coli AFP184 has previously been reported to produce succinic acid with volumetric productivities close to 3 g L-1 h-1. At a total organic acid concentration of 30 g L-1 the productivity decreased drastically resulting in final succinate concentrations of 40 g L-1. The economical viability of biochemical succinic acid production would benefit from higher final succinic acid concentrations and volumetric productivities maintained at >2.5 g L-1 h-1 for an extended period of time. In the present work the effects of osmolarity and neutralising agent (NH4OH, KOH, NaOH, K2CO3, and Na2CO3) on succinic acid production by AFP184 were investigated. Highest concentration of succinic acid was obtained with Na2CO3, 75 g L-1. It was also found that the osmolarity resulting from succinate production and subsequent base addition, only marginally affected the productivity per viable cell. Organic acid inhibition due to the produced succinic acid on the other hand significantly reduced succinic acid productivity per viable cell. When using NH4OH productivity completely ceased at approximately 40 g L-1. Volumetric productivities remained at 2.5 g L-1 h-1 for 5 to 10 hours longer when using K- or Na-bases than when using NH4OH. However, loss of cell viability occurred, and together with the acid inhibition decreased the volumetric productivities. In this study it was demonstrated that by altering the neutralising agent it was possible to increase the period of high volumetric productivity in the anaerobic phase and improve the final succinic acid concentration by almost 100 %

  • 14. Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Helmerius, Jonas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Hodge, David
    Berglund, Kris
    Rova, Ulrika
    Inhibition of succinic acid production in metabolically engineered Escherichia Coli by neutralizing agent, organic acids, and osmolarity2009In: Biotechnology progress (Print), ISSN 8756-7938, E-ISSN 1520-6033, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 116-123Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The economical viability of biochemical succinic acid production is a result of many processing parameters including final succinic acid concentration, recovery of succinate, and the volumetric productivity. Maintaining volumetric productivities >2.5 g L-1 h(-1) is important if production of succinic acid from. renewable resources should be competitive. In this work, the effects of organic acids, osmolarity, and neutralizing agent (NH4OH, KOH, NaOH, K2CO3, and Na2CO3) on the fermentative succinic acid production by Escherichia coli AFP184 were investigated. The highest concentration of succinic acid, 77 g L-1. was obtained with Na2O3. In general, irrespective of the base used, succinic acid productivity per viable cell was significantly reduced as the concentration of the produced acid increased. Increased osmolarity resulting from base addition during succinate production only marginally affected the productivity per viable cell. Addition of the osmoprotectant glycine betaine to cultures resulted in an increased aerobic growth rate and anaerobic glucose consumption rate, but decreased succinic acid yield. When using NH4OH productivity completely ceased at a succinic acid concentration of similar to 40 g L-1. Volumetric productivities remained at 2.5 g L-1 h(-1) for tip to 10 h longer when K- or Na-bases where used instead of NH4OH. The decrease in cellular succinic acid productivity observed during the anaerobic phase was found to be due to increased organic acid concentrations rather than medium osmolarity.

  • 15. Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Hodge, David
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Effect of different carbon sources on the production of succinic acid using metabolically engineered Escherichia coli2007In: Biotechnology progress (Print), ISSN 8756-7938, E-ISSN 1520-6033, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 381-388Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Succinic acid (SA) is an important platform molecule in the synthesis of a number of commodity and specialty chemicals. In the present work, dual-phase batch fermentations with the E. coli strain AFP184 were performed using a medium suited for large-scale industrial production of SA. The ability of the strain to ferment different sugars was investigated. The sugars studied were sucrose, glucose, fructose, xylose, and equal mixtures of glucose and fructose and glucose and xylose at a total initial sugar concentration of 100 g L-1. AFP184 was able to utilize all sugars and sugar combinations except sucrose for biomass generation and succinate production. For sucrose as a substrate no succinic acid was produced and none of the sucrose was metabolized. The succinic acid yield from glucose (0.83 g succinic acid per gram glucose consumed anaerobically) was higher than the yield from fructose (0.66 g g-1). When using xylose as a carbon source, a yield of 0.50 g g-1 was obtained. In the mixed-sugar fermentations no catabolite repression was detected. Mixtures of glucose and xylose resulted in higher yields (0.60 g g-1) than use of xylose alone. Fermenting glucose mixed with fructose gave a lower yield (0.58 g g-1) than fructose used as the sole carbon source. The reason is an increased pyruvate production. The pyruvate concentration decreased later in the fermentation. Final succinic acid concentrations were in the range of 25-40 g L-1. Acetic and pyruvic acid were the only other products detected and accumulated to concentrations of 2.7-6.7 and 0-2.7 g L-1. Production of succinic acid decreased when organic acid concentrations reached approximately 30 g L-1. This study demonstrates that E. coli strain AFP184 is able to produce succinic acid in a low cost medium from a variety of sugars with only small amounts of byproducts formed.

  • 16. Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Lundberg, Angela
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.
    Distribution of snow cover accumulation: airborne ground penetrating radar surveys2002In: Proceedings of the XXII Nordic Hydrological Conference / [ed] Å. Killingtveit, 2002, p. 517-526Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17. Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Petrova, Ekaterina
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Berglund, Kris
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Maintaining high anaerobic succinic acid productivity by product removal2010In: Bioprocess and biosystems engineering (Print), ISSN 1615-7591, E-ISSN 1615-7605, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 711-718Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During dual-phase fermentations using Escherichia coli engineered for succinic acid production, the productivity and viable cell concentration decrease as the concentration of succinic acid increases. The effects of succinic acid on the fermentation kinetics, yield, and cell viability were investigated by resuspending cells in fresh media after selected fermentation times. The cellular succinic acid productivity could be restored, but cell viability continuously decreased throughout the fermentations by up to 80% and subsequently the volumetric productivity was reduced. Omitting complex nutrients in the resuspension media had no significant effect on cellular succinate productivity and yield, although the viable cell concentration and thus the volumetric productivity was reduced by approximately 20%. By resuspending the cells, the amount of succinate produced during a 100-h fermentation was increased by more than 60%. The results demonstrate that by product removal succinic acid productivity can be maintained at high levels for extended periods of time.

  • 18.
    Andersson, Christian
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Process for producing succinic acid from sucrosePatent (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    A process for hydrolyzing sucrose to glucose and fructose using succinic acid is described. The hydrolysate can be used to produce purified glucose and/or fructose or can be used as a carbon source for fermentations to produce various chemicals including succinic acid.

  • 19.
    Andersson, Klara
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO).
    Development of a shake flask method suitable for effective screening of Escherichia coli expression constructs2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Screening of expression constructs suitable for protein pharmaceuticals is often done in batch cultivations. But the production of the recombinant protein is made during fed-batch cultivations. The two types of cultivations are different and therefore may good expression constructs that grow poorly in batch cultivations but good in fed-batch cultivations be rejected. Therefore would it be desirable to develop a fed-batch method that can be used in shake flasks. Biosilta has developed a method where starch is broken down into glucose by an enzyme creating fed-batch conditions. This method has been tried out and analyzed during this project. It is shown that the cells grown under these conditions can be glucose limited. However, at a later stage of the cultivation the cells produce a large amount of acetate and pH is not stable. The system builds on a booster tablet which content is unknown. If the booster is not added to the cultivations the cells stop growing, this indicates that there is some other limitation than just glucose. It is also seen that the amount of protein that is produced during this fed-batch mimic cultivation is much lower than that is produced during normal batch cultivations. I would therefore not recommend EnBase as a screening method.

  • 20.
    Andraous, Johnny I.
    et al.
    Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Claus, Michael J
    Department of Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Lindemann, Deirdre J.
    Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University.
    Effect of liquefaction enzymes on methanol concentration of distilled fruit spirits2004In: American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, ISSN 0002-9254, E-ISSN 1943-7749, Vol. 55, no 2, p. 199-201Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Liquefaction enzymes are often used during fermentation of fruit mashes to improve the yield of ethanol and the ability to pump the mash. The liquefaction enzymes hydrolyze pectin, but in addition to the desired pectin hydrolysis activity, the enzymes also have pectinesterase activity which hydrolyzes the methyl ester in pectin resulting in methanol formation. Fermentations of various apple varieties and Bartlett pears were conducted using liquefaction enzymes. The resulting distilled products contained concentrations of methanol above the legal limit of 280 mg/100 mL of 40% ethanol, with the observed methanol concentrations in a range between 320 and 656 mg/100 mL of 40% ethanol. In contrast to the undesired increase in methanol concentration, the enzymes provide only a marginal increase in ethanol yield. The results indicate that liquefaction enzymes should be used with caution for pomace fruit and that methanol monitoring should be implemented if these enzymes are used for commercial products.

  • 21.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Development of biocatalytic processes for selective antioxidant production2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Feruloyl esterases (FAEs, EC 3.1.1.73) represent a subclass of carboxylic acid esterases that under normal conditions catalyze the hydrolysis of the ester bond between hydroxycinnamic acids (ferulic acid, sinapic acid, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid) and sugar residues in plant cell walls. Based on their specificity towards monoferulates and diferulates, substitutions on the phenolic ring and on their amino acid sequence identity, they have been classified into four types (A-D) while phylogenetic analysis has resulted in classification into thirteen subfamilies (SF1-13). Under low water content, these enzymes are able to catalyze the esterification of hydroxycinnamic acids or the transesterification of their esters (donor) with alcohols or sugars (acceptor) resulting in compounds with modified lipophilicity, having a great potential for use in the tailor-made modification of natural antioxidants for cosmetic, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The work described in this thesis focused on the selection,characterization and application of FAEs for the synthesis of bioactive esters with antioxidant activity in non-conventional media. The basis of the current classification systems was investigated in relation with the enzymes’ synthetic and hydrolytic abilities while the developed processes were evaluated for their efficiency and sustainability.

    Paper I was dedicated to the screening and evaluation of the synthetic abilities of 28 fungal FAEs using acceptors of different lipophilicity at fixed conditions in detergentless microemulsions. It was revealed that FAEs classified in phylogenetic subfamilies related to acetyl xylan esterases (SF5 and 6) showed increased transesterification rates and selectivity. In general, FAEs showed preference on more hydrophilic alcohol acceptors and in descending order to glycerol > 1-butanol > prenol. Homology modeling and small molecule docking simulations were employed as tools for the identification of a potential relationship between the predicted surface and active site properties of selected FAEs and the transesterification selectivity.

    Papers II- IV focused on the characterization of eight promising FAEs and the optimization of reaction conditions for the synthesis of two bioactive esters (prenyl ferulate and L-arabinose ferulate) in detergentless microemulsions. The effect of the medium composition, the donor and acceptor concentration, the enzyme load, the pH, the temperature and the agitation on the transesterification yield and selectivity were investigated. It was observed that the acceptor concentration and enzyme load were crucial parameters for selectivity. Fae125 (Type A, SF5) iiexhibited highest prenyl ferulate yield (81.1%) and selectivity (4.685) converting 98.5% of VFA to products after optimization at 60 mM VFA, 1.5 M prenol, 0.04 mg FAE mL-1, 40oC, 24 h, 53.4:43.4:3.2 v/v/v n-hexane: t-butanol: 100 mM MOPS-NaOH pH 8.0. On the other hand, FaeA1 (Type A, SF5) showed highest L-arabinose ferulate yield (52.2 %) and selectivity (1.120) at 80 mM VFA, 55 mM L-arabinose, 0.02 mg FAE mL-1, 50oC, 8 h, 19.8: 74.7: 5.5 v/v/v n-hexane: t-butanol: 100 mM MOPS-NaOH pH 8.0.

    In paper V, the effect of reaction media on the enzyme stability and transesterification yield and selectivity was studied in different solvents for the synthesis of two bioactive esters: prenyl ferulate and L-arabinose ferulate. The best performing enzyme (Fae125) was used in the optimization of reaction conditions in the best solvent (n-hexane) via response surface methodology. Both bioconversions were best described by a two-factor interaction model while optimal conditions were determined as the ones resulting in highest yield and selectivity.Highest prenyl ferulate yield (87.5%) and selectivity (7.616) were observed at 18.56 mM prenol mM-1VFA, 0.04 mg FAE mL-1, 24.5 oC, 24.5 h, 91.8: 8.2 v/v n-hexane: 100 mM sodium acetate pH 4.7. Highest L-arabinose ferulate yield (56.2%) and selectivity (1.284) were observed at 2.96 mM L-arabinose mM-1VFA, 0.02 mg FAE mL-1, 38.9 oC, 12 h, 90.5: 5.0: 4.5 v/v/v n-hexane: dimethyl sulfoxide: 100 mM sodium acetate pH 4.7. The enzyme could be reused for six consecutive reaction cycles maintaining 66.6% of its initial synthetic activity. The developed bioconversions showed exceptional biocatalyst productivities (> 300 g product g-1FAE) and the waste production was within the range of pharmaceutical processes.

    Paper VI focused on the investigation of the basis of the type A classification of a well-studied FAE from Aspergillus niger(AnFaeA) by comparing its activity towards methyl and arabinose hydroxycinnamic acid esters. For this purpose, L-arabinose ferulateand caffeate were synthesized enzymatically. kcat/Kmratios revealed that AnFaeA hydrolyzed arabinose ferulate 1600 times and arabinose caffeate 6.5 times more efficiently than methyl esters. This study demonstrated that short alkyl chain hydroxycinnamate esters which are used nowadays for FAE classification can lead to activity misclassification, while L-arabinose esters could potentially substitute synthetic esters in classification describing more adequately the enzyme specificitiesin the natural environment.

  • 22.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Dilokpimol, Adiphol
    Fungal Physiology, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute & Fungal Molecular Physiology, Utrecht University.
    Iancu, Laura
    Dupont Industrial Biosciences.
    Mäkelä, Miia R.
    Department of Microbiology, University of Helsink.
    Varriale, Simona
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”.
    Cerullo, Gabriella
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”.
    Hüttner, Silvia
    Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Division of Industrial Biotechnology, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Uthoff, Stefan
    Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
    Jütten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG.
    Piechot, Alexander
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG.
    Steinbüchel, Alexander
    nstitut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
    Olsson, Lisbeth
    Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Division of Industrial Biotechnology, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Faraco, Vincenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”.
    Hildén, Kristiina
    Department of Microbiology, University of Helsinki.
    de Vries, Ronald
    Fungal Physiology, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute & Fungal Molecular Physiology, Utrecht University.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    The Synthetic Potential of Fungal Feruloyl Esterases: A Correlation with Current Classification Systems and Predicted Structural Properties2018In: Catalysts, ISSN 2073-4344, Vol. 8, no 6, article id 242Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Twenty-eight fungal feruloyl esterases (FAEs) were evaluated for their synthetic abilities in a ternary system of n-hexane: t-butanol: 100 mM MOPS-NaOH pH 6.0 forming detergentless microemulsions. Five main derivatives were synthesized, namely prenyl ferulate, prenyl caffeate, butyl ferulate, glyceryl ferulate, and l-arabinose ferulate, offering, in general, higher yields when more hydrophilic alcohol substitutions were used. Acetyl xylan esterase-related FAEs belonging to phylogenetic subfamilies (SF) 5 and 6 showed increased synthetic yields among tested enzymes. In particular, it was shown that FAEs belonging to SF6 generally transesterified aliphatic alcohols more efficiently while SF5 members preferred bulkier l-arabinose. Predicted surface properties and structural characteristics were correlated with the synthetic potential of selected tannase-related, acetyl-xylan-related, and lipase-related FAEs (SF1-2, -6, -7 members) based on homology modeling and small molecular docking simulations.

  • 23.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hunt, Cameron
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Cerullo, Gabriella
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Varriale, Simona
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”.
    Gerogianni, Alexandra
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Faraco, Vincenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Tailoring the specificity of the type C feruloyl esterase FoFaeC from Fusarium oxysporum towards methyl sinapate by rational redesign based on small molecule docking simulations2018In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 5, article id e0198127Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The type C feruloyl esterase FoFaeC from Fusarium oxysporum is a newly discovered enzyme with high potential for use in the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass but it shows low activity towards sinapates. In this work, small molecule docking simulations were employed in order to identify important residues for the binding of the four model methyl esters of hydroxycinnamic acids, methyl ferulate/caffeate/sinapate/p-coumarate, to the predicted structure of FoFaeC. Subsequently rational redesign was applied to the enzyme’ active site in order to improve its specificity towards methyl sinapate. A double mutation (F230H/T202V) was considered to provide hydrophobic environment for stabilization of the methoxy substitution on sinapate and a larger binding pocket. Five mutant clones and the wild type were produced in Pichia pastoris and biochemically characterized. All clones showed improved activity, substrate affinity, catalytic efficiency and turnover rate compared to the wild type against methyl sinapate, with clone P13 showing a 5-fold improvement in catalytic efficiency. Although the affinity of all mutant clones was improved against the four model substrates, the catalytic efficiency and turnover rate decreased for the substrates containing a hydroxyl substitution.

  • 24.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Iancu, Laura
    Dupont Industrial Biosciences, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
    Jütten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG, Dortmund, Germany.
    Piechot, Alexander
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG, Dortmund, Germany.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Optimized Enzymatic Synthesis of Feruloyl Derivatives Catalyzed by Three Novel Feruloyl Esterases from Talaromyces wortmannii in Detergentless Microemulsions2018In: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, ISSN 2001-0370, p. 361-369Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Three novel feruloyl esterases (Fae125, Fae7262 and Fae68) from Talaromyces wortmanniioverexpressed in the C1 platform were evaluated for the transesterification of vinyl ferulatewith two acceptors of different size and lipophilicity (prenol and L-arabinose) in detergentless microemulsions. The effect of reaction conditions such as the microemulsion composition, the substrate concentration, the enzyme load, the pH, the temperature and the agitation were investigated. The type A Fae125 belonging to the subfamily 5 (SF5) of phylogenetic classification showed highest yields for the synthesis of both products after optimization of reaction conditions: 81.8% for prenyl ferulate and 33.0% for L-arabinose ferulate. After optimization, an 8-fold increase in the yield and a 12-fold increase in selectivity were achieved for the synthesis of prenyl ferulate.

  • 25.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Iancu, Laura
    Dupont Industrial Biosciences.
    Jütten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG.
    Piechot, Alexander
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co KG.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Screening of novel feruloyl esterases from Talaromyces wortmannii for the development of efficient and sustainable syntheses of feruloyl derivatives2018In: Enzyme and microbial technology, ISSN 0141-0229, E-ISSN 1879-0909, Vol. 120, p. 124-135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The feruloyl esterases Fae125, Fae7262 and Fae68 from Talaromyces wortmannii were screened in 10 different solvent: buffer systems in terms of residual hydrolytic activity and of the ability for the transesterification of vinyl ferulate with prenol or L-arabinose. Among the tested enzymes, the acetyl xylan-related Fae125 belonging to the phylogenetic subfamily 5 showed highest yield and selectivity for both products in alkane: buffer systems (n-hexane or n-octane). Response surface methodology, based on a 5-level and 6-factor central composite design, revealed that the substrate molar ratio and the water content were the most significant variables for the bioconversion yield and selectivity. The effect of agitation, the possibility of DMSO addition and the increase of donor concentration were investigated. After optimization, competitive transesterification yields were obtained for prenyl ferulate (87.5-92.6%) and L-arabinose ferulate (56.2-61.7%) at reduced reaction times (≤ 24 h) resulting in good productivities (> 1 g/L/h, >300 kg product/kg FAE). The enzyme could be recycled for six consecutive cycles retaining 66.6% of the synthetic activity and 100% of the selectivity.

  • 26.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Leonov, Laura
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
    Jûtten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co.
    Cerullo, Gabriella
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Faraco, Vincenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Papadopoulou, Adamantia
    Institute of Biosciences and Applications NCSR "Demokritos," Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Aging.
    Kletsas, Dimitris
    Institute of Biosciences and Applications NCSR "Demokritos," Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Aging.
    Ralli, Marianna
    Korres Natural Products.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Correction to: Optimized synthesis of novel prenyl ferulate performed by feruloyl esterases from Myceliophthora thermophila in microemulsions2018In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ISSN 0175-7598, E-ISSN 1432-0614, Vol. 102, no 1, p. 511-511Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Leonov, Laura
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
    Jûtten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co.
    Cerullo, Gabriella
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Faraco, Vincenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Papadopoulou, Adamantia
    Institute of Biosciences and Applications NCSR "Demokritos," Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Aging.
    Kletsas, Dimitris
    Institute of Biosciences and Applications NCSR "Demokritos," Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Aging.
    Ralli, Marianna
    Korres Natural Products.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Optimized synthesis of novel prenyl ferulate performed by feruloyl esterases from Myceliophthora thermophila in microemulsions2017In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ISSN 0175-7598, E-ISSN 1432-0614, Vol. 101, no 8, p. 3213-3226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Five feruloyl esterases (FAEs; EC 3.1.1.73), FaeA1, FaeA2, FaeB1, and FaeB2 from Myceliophthora thermophila C1 and MtFae1a from M. thermophila ATCC 42464, were tested for their ability to catalyze the transesterification of vinyl ferulate (VFA) with prenol in detergentless microemulsions. Reaction conditions were optimized investigating parameters such as the medium composition, the substrate concentration, the enzyme load, the pH, the temperature, and agitation. FaeB2 offered the highest transesterification yield (71.5 ± 0.2%) after 24 h of incubation at 30 °C using 60 mM VFA, 1 M prenol, and 0.02 mg FAE/mL in a mixture comprising of 53.4:43.4:3.2 v/v/v n-hexane:t-butanol:100 mM MOPS-NaOH, pH 6.0. At these conditions, the competitive side hydrolysis of VFA was 4.7-fold minimized. The ability of prenyl ferulate (PFA) and its corresponding ferulic acid (FA) to scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radicals was significant and similar (IC50 423.39 μM for PFA, 329.9 μM for FA). PFA was not cytotoxic at 0.8–100 μM (IC50 220.23 μM) and reduced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in human skin fibroblasts at concentrations ranging between 4 and 20 μM as determined with the dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay.

  • 28.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Papadopoulou, Adamantia
    Laboratory of Cell Proliferation & Ageing, Institute of Biosciences & Applications NCSR “Demokritos”, T. Patriarchou Grigoriou & Neapoleos.
    Iancu, Laura
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
    Cerullo, Gabriella
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Ralli, Marianna
    Korres Natural Products.
    Jûtten, Peter
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co.
    Piechot, Alexander
    Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co.
    Faraco, Vincenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Kletsas, Dimitris
    Institute of Biosciences and Applications NCSR "Demokritos," Laboratory of Cell Proliferation and Aging.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Optimization of enzymatic synthesis of l-arabinose ferulate catalyzed by feruloyl esterases from Myceliophthora thermophila in detergentless microemulsions and assessment of its antioxidant and cytotoxicity activities2018In: Process Biochemistry, ISSN 1359-5113, E-ISSN 1873-3298, Vol. 65, p. 100-108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The feruloyl esterases FaeA1, FaeA2, FaeB1, FaeB2 from Myceliophthora thermophila C1 and MtFae1a from M. thermophila ATCC 42464 were used as biocatalysts for the transesterification of vinyl ferulate (VFA) with l-arabinose in detergentless microemulsions. The effect of parameters such as the microemulsion composition, the substrate concentration, the enzyme load, the pH, the temperature and the agitation was investigated. FaeA1 offered the highest transesterification yield (52.2 ± 4.3%) after 8 h of incubation at 50 °C using 80 mM VFA, 55 mM l-arabinose and 0.02 mg FAE mL−1 in a mixture comprising of 19.8: 74.7: 5.5 v/v/v n-hexane: t-butanol: 100 mM MOPS-NaOH pH 8.0. The ability of l-arabinose ferulate (AFA) to scavenge 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radicals was significant (IC50 386.5 μM). AFA was not cytotoxic even at high concentrations (1 mM) however was found to be pro-oxidant at concentrations higher than 20 μM when the antioxidant activity was determined with the dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay in human skin fibroblasts.

  • 29.
    Antonopoulou, Io
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Varriale, Simona
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Topakas, Evangelos
    National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Faraco, Voncenza
    Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II".
    Enzymatic synthesis of bioactive compounds with high potential for cosmeceutical application2016In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ISSN 0175-7598, E-ISSN 1432-0614, Vol. 100, no 15, p. 6519-6543Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products containing biologically active ingredients purporting to offer a pharmaceutical therapeutic benefit. The active ingredients can be extracted and purified from natural sources (botanicals, herbal extracts, or animals) but can also be obtained biotechnologically by fermentation and cell cultures or by enzymatic synthesis and modification of natural compounds. A cosmeceutical ingredient should possess an attractive property such as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin whitening, anti-aging, anti-wrinkling, or photoprotective activity, among others. During the past years, there has been an increased interest on the enzymatic synthesis of bioactive esters and glycosides based on (trans)esterification, (trans)glycosylation, or oxidation reactions. Natural bioactive compounds with exceptional theurapeutic properties and low toxicity may offer a new insight into the design and development of potent and beneficial cosmetics. This review gives an overview of the enzymatic modifications which are performed currently for the synthesis of products with attractive properties for the cosmeceutical industry

  • 30.
    Arnau, Laurent
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Techno-Economic Feasibility Study for the Production of Microalgae Based Plant Biostimulant2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Microalgae are considered as a potential feedstock for many promising applications. Some active substances in microalgae have plant biostimulation effects potentially useful in agriculture. However, to produce such a microalgal biomass, specific microalgae cultivation and post-treatment processes must be designed to preserve active substances. A particular focus is provided on cultivation (tubular photobioreactor) and different plausible post-treatment scenarios for microalgae separation (flocculation and centrifugation) and preservation (sterilization and drying). For each step, yield and energy consumption are modeled using data taken from literature or lab and pilot scale experiments. Industrial equipment for scale-up process is also studied by comparing existing systems. These models enable to make an economic evaluation of the whole process and to study its profitability for each scenario. The breakeven price is calculated as a function of the production rate. Several parameters are suggested to improve system efficiency and profitability at the end of this study. However, a better microalgae characterization and more experiments on potential post-treatment systems are required to improve the accuracy of the model.

  • 31.
    Bansal, Namita
    et al.
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Bhalla, Aditya
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Pattathil, Sivakumar
    University of Georgia, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
    Adelman, Sara L.
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Hahn, Michael G
    University of Georgia, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
    Hodge, David
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Hegg, Eric L.
    Michigan State University, DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    Cell wall-associated transition metals improve alkaline-oxidative pretreatment in diverse hardwoods2016In: Green Chemistry, ISSN 1463-9262, E-ISSN 1463-9270, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 1405-1415Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The responses of four diverse hardwoods (hybrid poplar, silver birch, hybrid aspen, and sugar maple) to alkaline hydrogen peroxide (AHP) pretreated at ambient temperature and pressure were analyzed to gain a deeper understanding of the cell wall properties that contribute to differences in enzymatic hydrolysis efficacy following alkaline-oxidative pretreatment. The enzymatic hydrolysis yields of these diverse hardwoods increased significantly with increasing the cell wall-associated, redox-active transition metal content. These increases in hydrolysis yields were directly correlated with improved delignification. Furthermore, we demonstrated that these improvements in hydrolysis yields could be achieved either through elevated levels of naturally-occurring metals, namely Cu, Fe, and Mn, or by the addition of a homogeneous transition metal catalyst (e.g. Cu 2,2′-bipyridine complexes) capable of penetrating into the cell wall matrix. Removal of naturally-occurring cell wall-associated transition metals by chelation resulted in substantial decreases in the hydrolysis yields following AHP pretreatment, while re-addition of metals in the form of Cu 2,2′-bipyridine complexes and to a limited extent Fe 2,2′-bipyridine complexes prior to pretreatment restored the improved hydrolysis yields. Glycome profiles showed improved extractability of xylan, xyloglucan, and pectin epitopes with increasing hydrolysis yields for the diverse hardwoods subjected to the alkaline-oxidative pretreatment, demonstrating that the strength of association between cell wall matrix polymers decreased as a consequence of improved delignification

  • 32.
    Bauer, Fredric
    et al.
    Lund University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Hulteberg, Christian
    Lund University.
    Lundgren, Joakim
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Science.
    Mesfun, Sennai
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Science.
    Nilsson, Robert
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Wännström, Sune
    SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
    Comparative system analysis of carbon preserving fermentations for biofuels production2013Report (Refereed)
  • 33.
    Behravan, Gity
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Sen, Srikanta
    Stockholms Universitet.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Thelander, Lars
    Umeå universitet.
    Eckstein, Fritz
    Max-Planck-Institut fur Experimentelle Medizin.
    Gräslund, Astrid
    Stockholms Universitet.
    Formation of a free radical of the sulfenylimine type in the mouse ribonucleotide reductase reaction with 2'-azido-2'-deoxycytidine 5'-diphosphate1995In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Gene Structure and Expression, ISSN 0167-4781, E-ISSN 1879-2634, Vol. 1264, no 3, p. 323-329Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mouse and Escherichia coli ribonucleotide reductases (RR) both belong to the same class of RR, where the enzyme consists of two non-identical subunits, proteins R1 and R2. A transient free radical was observed by EPR spectroscopy in the mouse RR reaction with the suicidal inhibitor 2′-azido-2′-deoxycytidine 5′-diphosphate. The detailed hyperfine structure of the EPR spectrum of the transient radical is somewhat different for the mouse and previously studied E. coli enzymes. When the positive allosteric effector ATP was replaced by the negative effector dATP, no transient radical was observed, showing that ‘normal' binding of the inhibitor to the substrate binding site is required. Using the mouse protein R2 mutants W 103Y and D266A, where the mutations have been shown to specifically block long range electron transfer between the active site of the R1 protein to the iron/radical site in protein R2, no evidence of transient radical was found. Taken together, the data suggest that the radical is located at the active site in protein R1, and is probably of the sulfenylimine type

  • 34.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Succinic acid from xylan: fermentations using mixed sugar feedstocks2008In: NWBC 2008: 2008 Nordic Wood Biorefinery conference : 11-14 March, 2008 : City Conference Centre, Stockholm, Sweden : proceedings, Stockholm: STFI-Packforsk , 2008, p. 121-124Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The next generation of cost effective, economically viable biorefinery scenarios requires the development and deployment of higher valued added products whose production can be integrated into a forest biorefinery. We present preliminary results for the production of one such product, succinic acid, from mixed sugars streams including glucose and xylose, as would be present from the hydrolysis of xylan. Examples are presented for the base laboratory case, softwood hydrolysis streams, and hardwood extracts

  • 35.
    Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Andersson, Christian
    Luleå University of Technology.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Process for the production of succinic acidPatent (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    A process for the production of succinic acid can comprise supplying a media with E. coli AFP 184 and a high sugar concentration under aerobic conditions, then converting the media to aerobic conditions. Such a process can be useful when performed in conjunction with the production of ethanol in a biorefmery .

  • 36.
    Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Falcon, Javier A
    Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
    In situ monitoring of antisolvent addition crystallization with principal components analysis of Raman spectra2004In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 457-463Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fiber optic Raman spectroscopy was used for in situ monitoring of antisolvent addition crystallization of progesterone. Raman spectral features of the solute and the antisolvent were subjected to principal components analysis (PCA) to attempt to obtain information that is not readily apparent from the raw spectral data. For the system utilized, PCA was able to distinguish spectral features from the solute in solution, the solute crystals, and the antisolvent. Furthermore, PCA was capable of detecting subtle changes in the spectral data (as the addition of antisolvent progressed) that could be used as a warning for the onset of crystallization. The current study demonstrates the advantages that can be gained by combining PCA with Raman spectroscopy for monitoring crystallizations in situ.

  • 37. Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Larson, M.A.
    Iowa State University.
    Modeling of growth rate dispersion of citric acid monohydrate in continuous crystallizers1984In: AIChE Journal, ISSN 0001-1541, E-ISSN 1547-5905, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 280-287Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A mathematical model for prediction of the crystal size distribution from a continuous crystallizer is presented. The kinetic data used for the model were obtained from batch contact nucleation experiments with citric acid monohydrate. In these experiments, the distribution of growth rates as well as the initial size distribution were estimated. Results from the model indicate that the excess number of crystals usually present at small sizes in continuous crystallizers is due to growth rate dispersion (where crystals of the same size may have different growth rates) and not size dependent growth.

  • 38. Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Larson, Maurice A.
    Growth of contact nuclei of citric acid monohydrate1982In: Nucleation, growth, and impurity effects in crystallization process engineering / [ed] Mary Anne Farrell Epstein, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1982, p. 9-13Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Fermentative Upgrading of Xylose2009In: NWBC-2009: The 2nd Nordic wood biorefinery conference : Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland, September 2-4, 2009 : Proceedings-Posters / [ed] Annemari Kuokka-Ihalainen., Helsinki: KCL Re-inventing paper , 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemical pulp mills such as Kraft, soda, or sulfite mills are current examples of biorefineries that can convert lignocellulosic biomass into energy, pulp or cellulose derivatives, and tall oil.  While existing viscose pulps use a hemicellulose extraction to generate soluble sugars for ethanol production, in general there still exists a large potential for other more profitable applications of the biomass (Fig. 1), i.e. the mill needs to present a widespread product portfolio.  The biofuels under development from fermentation that will be discussed are the diesel fuel oxygenates dibutyl succinate and diethyl succinate to be used for reduced particulate emissions and fossil fuel replacement for diesel engines and butanol for Otto engines.  It's important to stress that succinic acid, butanol and ethanol, needed for the production of the diesel additives and gasoline replacement will be produced from renewable resources and hence replacing products currently produced from non-renewable fossil sources.  Since wood will be used, there will be no issue of competing with raw material used for food production.  Besides biofuel production, succinic acid and butanol, can be used directly or further refined into numerous different products classified as green chemicals.

  • 40.
    Berglund, Kris
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Hodge, David
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Fermentation-Based Building Blocks for Renewable Resource-Based Surfactants2010In: Surfactants from renewable resources, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd , 2010, p. 127-141Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    'new' top-ranked building blocks; Citric acid recovery from fermentation broths and CaCO3 precipitation; Citric, acetic and lactic acid - top three industrial carboxylic acids; Fermentation-based building blocks for renewable resource-based surfactants; Fermentation-based building blocks for surfactants; Filamentous fungi, Aspergillus niger and Candida yeast strains; New fermentation-based building blocks; Organic acid metabolites - as hydrophilic moiety; Sulfonates - largest market share of anionic surfactants; Sulfosuccinate class of surfactants

  • 41.
    Bhalla, Aditya
    et al.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
    Bansal, Namita
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
    Pattathil, Sivakumar
    Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia; BioEnergy Science Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA .
    Li, Muyang
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University.
    Shen, Wei
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University.
    Particka, Chrislyn A.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University.
    Karlen, Steven D.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University; Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Phongpreecha, Thanaphong
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Michigan State University.
    Semaan, Rachel R.
    Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
    Gonzales-Vigil, Eliana
    Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Ralph, John
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin0Madison.
    Mansfield, Shawn D.
    Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia.
    Ding, Shi-You
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University.
    Hodge, David B.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Michigan State University; Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University.
    Hegg, Eric L.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
    Engineered Lignin in Poplar Biomass Facilitates Cu-Catalyzed Alkaline-Oxidative2018In: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 2932-2941Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Both untransformed poplar and genetically modified “zip-lignin” poplar, in which additional ester bonds were introduced into the lignin backbone, were subjected to mild alkaline and copper-catalyzed alkaline hydrogen peroxide (Cu-AHP) pretreatment. Our hypothesis was that the lignin in zip-lignin poplar would be removed more easily than lignin in untransformed poplar during this alkaline pretreatment, resulting in higher sugar yields following enzymatic hydrolysis. We observed improved glucose and xylose hydrolysis yields for zip-lignin poplar compared to untransformed poplar following both alkaline-only pretreatment (56% glucose yield for untransformed poplar compared to 67% for zip-lignin poplar) and Cu-AHP pretreatment (77% glucose yield for untransformed poplar compared to 85% for zip-lignin poplar). Compositional analysis, glycome profiling, and microscopy all supported the notion that the ester linkages increase delignification and improve sugar yields. Essentially no differences were noted in the molecular weight distributions of solubilized lignins between the zip-lignin poplar and the control line. Significantly, when zip-lignin poplar was utilized as the feedstock, hydrogen peroxide, catalyst, and enzyme loadings could all be substantially reduced while maintaining high sugar yields.

  • 42.
    Bhalla, Aditya
    et al.
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Bansal, Namita
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Stoklosa, Ryan J.
    Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Fountain, Mackenzie
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Ralph, John P.
    DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    Hodge, David
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
    Hegg, Eric L.
    Michigan State University, DOE-Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Effective alkaline metal-catalyzed oxidative delignification of hybrid poplar2016In: Biotechnology for Biofuels, ISSN 1754-6834, E-ISSN 1754-6834, Vol. 9, article id 34Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BackgroundStrategies to improve copper-catalyzed alkaline hydrogen peroxide (Cu-AHP) pretreatment of hybrid poplar were investigated. These improvements included a combination of increasing hydrolysis yields, while simultaneously decreasing process inputs through (i) more efficient utilization of H2O2 and (ii) the addition of an alkaline extraction step prior to the metal-catalyzed AHP pretreatment. We hypothesized that utilizing this improved process could substantially lower the chemical inputs needed during pretreatment.ResultsHybrid poplar was pretreated utilizing a modified process in which an alkaline extraction step was incorporated prior to the Cu-AHP treatment step and H2O2 was added batch-wise over the course of 10 h. Our results revealed that the alkaline pre-extraction step improved both lignin and xylan solubilization, which ultimately led to improved glucose (86 %) and xylose (95 %) yields following enzymatic hydrolysis. An increase in the lignin solubilization was also observed with fed-batch H2O2 addition relative to batch-only addition, which again resulted in increased glucose and xylose yields (77 and 93 % versus 63 and 74 %, respectively). Importantly, combining these strategies led to significantly improved sugar yields (96 % glucose and 94 % xylose) following enzymatic hydrolysis. In addition, we found that we could substantially lower the chemical inputs (enzyme, H2O2, and catalyst), while still maintaining high product yields utilizing the improved Cu-AHP process. This pretreatment also provided a relatively pure lignin stream consisting of ≥90 % Klason lignin and only 3 % xylan and 2 % ash following precipitation. Two-dimensional heteronuclear single-quantum coherence (2D HSQC) NMR and size-exclusion chromatography demonstrated that the solubilized lignin was high molecular weight (Mw ≈ 22,000 Da) and only slightly oxidized relative to lignin from untreated poplar.ConclusionsThis study demonstrated that the fed-batch, two-stage Cu-AHP pretreatment process was effective in pretreating hybrid poplar for its conversion into fermentable sugars. Results showed sugar yields near the theoretical maximum were achieved from enzymatically hydrolyzed hybrid poplar by incorporating an alkaline extraction step prior to pretreatment and by efficiently utilizing H2O2 during the Cu-AHP process. Significantly, this study reports high sugar yields from woody biomass treated with an AHP pretreatment under mild reaction conditions.

  • 43.
    Bhalla, Aditya
    et al.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University East Lansing.
    Fasahati, Peyman
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Particka, Chrislyn A.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Assad, Aline E.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Stoklosa, Ryan J.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Bansal, Namita
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Semaan, Rachel R.
    Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Saffron, Christopher M.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Hodge, David
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Hegg, Eric L.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Integrated experimental and technoeconomic evaluation of two-stage Cu-catalyzed alkaline–oxidative pretreatment of hybrid poplar2018In: Biotechnology for Biofuels, ISSN 1754-6834, E-ISSN 1754-6834, Vol. 11, no 1, article id 143Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    When applied to recalcitrant lignocellulosic feedstocks, multi-stage pretreatments can provide more processing flexibility to optimize or balance process outcomes such as increasing delignification, preserving hemicellulose, and maximizing enzymatic hydrolysis yields. We previously reported that adding an alkaline pre-extraction step to a copper-catalyzed alkaline hydrogen peroxide (Cu-AHP) pretreatment process resulted in improved sugar yields, but the process still utilized relatively high chemical inputs (catalyst and H2O2) and enzyme loadings. We hypothesized that by increasing the temperature of the alkaline pre-extraction step in water or ethanol, we could reduce the inputs required during Cu-AHP pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis without significant loss in sugar yield. We also performed technoeconomic analysis to determine if ethanol or water was the more cost-effective solvent during alkaline pre-extraction and if the expense associated with increasing the temperature was economically justified.

  • 44.
    Blomqvist, Johanna
    et al.
    Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Eberhard, Thomas
    Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Schnürer, Johan
    Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
    Passoth, Volkmar
    Department of Microbiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Fermentation characteristics of Dekkera bruxellensis strains2010In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ISSN 0175-7598, E-ISSN 1432-0614, Vol. 87, no 4, p. 1487-1497Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of pH, temperature and carbon source (glucose and maltose) on growth rate and ethanol yield of Dekkera bruxellensis was investigated using a full-factorial design. Growth rate and ethanol yield were lower on maltose than on glucose. In controlled oxygen-limited batch cultivations, the ethanol yield of the different combinations varied from 0.42 to 0.45 g (g glucose)(-1) and growth rates varied from 0.037 to 0.050 h(-1). The effect of temperature on growth rate and ethanol yield was negligible. It was not possible to model neither growth rate nor ethanol yield from the full-factorial design, as only marginal differences were observed in the conditions tested. When comparing three D. bruxellensis strains and two industrial isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, S. cerevisiae grew five times faster, but the ethanol yields were 0-13% lower. The glycerol yields of S. cerevisiae strains were up to six-fold higher compared to D. bruxellensis, and the biomass yields reached only 72-84% of D. bruxellensis. Our results demonstrate that D. bruxellensis is robust to large changes in pH and temperature and may have a more energy-efficient metabolism under oxygen limitation than S. cerevisiae.

  • 45.
    Bonturi, Nemailla
    et al.
    Department of Materials and Bioprocess Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas.
    Matsakas, Leonidas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Nilsson, Robert
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Christakopoulos, Paul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Miranda, Everson Alves
    Department of Materials and Bioprocess Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas.
    Berglund, Kris
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Rova, Ulrika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
    Single Cell Oil Producing Yeasts Lipomyces starkeyi and Rhodosporidium toruloides: Selection of Extraction Strategies and Biodiesel Property Prediction2015In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 5040-5052Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Single cell oils (SCOs) are considered potential raw material for the production of biodiesel. Rhodosporidium sp. and Lipomyces sp. are good candidates for SCO production. Lipid extractability differs according to yeast species and literature on the most suitable method for each oleaginous yeast species is scarce. This work aimed to investigate the efficiency of the most cited strategies for extracting lipids from intact and pretreated cells of Rhodosporidium toruloides and Lipomyces starkeyi. Lipid extractions were conducted using hexane or combinations of chloroform and methanol. The Folch method resulted in the highest lipid yields for both yeasts (42% for R. toruloides and 48% for L. starkeyi). Also, this method eliminates the cell pretreatment step. The Bligh and Dyer method underestimated the lipid content in the tested strains (25% for R. toruloides and 34% for L. starkeyi). Lipid extractability increased after acid pretreatment for the Pedersen, hexane, and Bligh and Dyer methods. For R. toruloides unexpected fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) composition were found for some lipid extraction strategies tested. Therefore, this work provides useful information for analytical and process development aiming at biodiesel production from the SCO of these two yeast species.

  • 46.
    Boström, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Tillförsel av jäst till SSF i industriell skala2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Användning av etanol som drivmedel och en efterfråga på gröna kemikalier driver utvecklingen av bioetanol framåt. Etanolpiloten, SEKAB, i Örnsköldsvik är en av få anläggningar i världen med kompetens och kunskap att producera bioetanol baserat på lignocellulosa. På senare tid har det dock uppstått problem vid etanolframställningen på grund av att en del jästodlingar blivit kontaminerade av bakterier vilket lett till ett sämre utbyte av biomassa och etanol. Det huvudsakliga syftet med detta examensarbete var att ta reda på orsaken till dessa misslyckade jästodlingar.

     

    Examensarbetet delades upp i två huvudsakliga problemområden. Förutom orsaken till de kontaminerade odlingarna studerades även funktionen hos en ny jäststam, Saccaromyces cerevisiae torrjäst, i syfte att undersöka om det finns bättre alternativ till den jäststam som används i etanopiloten i nuläget.

     

    En specialstudie av rengöringen av odlingstankar och ledningar i etanolpiloten utfördes i syfte att kartlägga var i utrustningen som infektionsrisken är som störst. Försöken påvisade att det huvudsakliga problemet kan lokaliseras till den största jästodlingstanken. Där befinner sig jästen under en längre tid i en miljö som är gynnsam för tillväxt av både jäst och bakterier. En annan orsak till de infekterade odlingarna är att rengöringen av utrustningen inte har skett på rätt sätt, samt att temperaturen hos tvättkemikalierna har varit för låg. En viktig slutsats är därför att bättre rutiner vid hanteringen av jästodlingsutrustningen samt att större noggrannhet i samband med rengöringen bör eftersträvas.

     

    En bidragande orsak till de infekterade odlingarna kan också härröra från uppodlingsprocessen av ympjäst som i dagens läge sker på laboratorium. Genom att använda en stam av S. cerevisiae som köps in i frystorkad form kan flera steg i jästodlingsprocessen elimineras. Det både förkortar odlingsprocessen och minskar infektionsrisken. S. cerevisiae torrjäst undersöktes både i laboratorium och i etanolpiloten. Tre olika odlingsskalor användes, skakflaskor (250 ml), labfermentorer (3 l) och pilotskala (10m3). Försöken påvisar höga utbyten av både biomassa och etanol. För att kunna hålla nere produktionskostnaderna för etanolframställningen är det viktigt att jästen som används går att odla på det hydrolysat som produceras vid förbehandlingen av råvaran. Försök i pilotskala visar på lovande resultat vid uppodling av S. cerevisiae torrjäst när hela 70 % av sockerkällan kommer från hydrolysat. Ytterligare utvärdering och optimering av odlingsprocessen samt en ekonomisk jämförelse mellan de tillgängliga jäststammarna krävs dock innan S. cerevisiae torrjäst eventuellt kan användas kontinuerligt i pilotskala. 

  • 47.
    Bowman, Lawrence E.
    et al.
    Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Nocera, Daniel G.
    Michigan State University.
    A single photon timing instrument that covers a broad temporal range in the reversed timing configuration1993In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 64, no 2, p. 338-341Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A versatile single-photon timing instrument based on the reversed timing configuration has been constructed. Unlike similar instruments, the apparatus described here is capable of recording a broad range of excited-state decay times owing to a switched fiber optic delay. This allows the user to readily collect time-resolved luminescence data over a variable time window in the reversed-timing configuration. With proper adjustment of the appropriate components, one can acquire a luminescence decay over a variable time range from less than 1 ns to nearly 1 μs. The full width at half-maximum of the instrument response function is 42 ps. The utility of a switched fiber optic delay is discussed and the device's construction is described.

  • 48.
    Bär, Janosch
    et al.
    Biochemical Engineering, Aachener Verfahrenstechnik, RWTH Aachen University .
    Phongpreecha, Thanaphong
    Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Kumar Singh, Sandip
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
    Kral Yilmaz, Melisa
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman.
    Foster, Cliff E.
    DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
    Crowe, Jacob D.
    Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing .
    Hodge, David B.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman .
    Deconstruction of hybrid poplar to monomeric sugars and aromatics using ethanol organosolv fractionation2018In: Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, ISSN 2190-6815, E-ISSN 2190-6823Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Acidic ethanol organosolv fractionation of hybrid poplar was investigated to determine the impact of pretreatment conditions on the resulting biomass and lignin properties and to assess the subsequent deconstruction of the cell wall biopolymers to monomeric sugars and aromatics. It was found that increasing reaction severity (i.e., time and temperature) during the organosolv fractionation increased the rate of delignification and xylan solubilization while the lignins recovered from the liquors were found to exhibit lower degrees of polymerization. Glucose hydrolysis yields > 75% at moderate enzyme loadings (30 mg/g glucan) could be obtained for the more severe pretreatment conditions. The lignins recovered from the pretreatment liquors were subjected to fractionation using a sequential extraction with solvents of increasing polarity. It was found that the low molar mass, low polydispersity lignins increased in pretreatment liquors with increasing time and temperature and were concentrated in the methanol fraction while a high molar mass fraction was extracted with the diethyl ether. We hypothesize that the extraction of the high molar mass fraction with diethyl ether is due to partial ethyl O-alkylation of lignin hydroxyl groups during pretreatment, rendering lignins more soluble in the non-polar solvent. Finally, depolymerization of unfractionated lignins by thioacidolysis resulted in mass yields of aromatic monomers ranging from 80 to 157 mg monomer per gram of lignin and that these yields exhibited strong positive correlations to the lignin β-O-4 content, molar mass, and strong negative correlations to the pretreatment temperature.

  • 49.
    Cerreta, M.K.
    et al.
    Michigan State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Contact nuclei formation in aqueous dextrose solutions1990In: Journal of Crystal Growth, ISSN 0022-0248, E-ISSN 1873-5002, Vol. 102, no 4, p. 869-876Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A laser Raman microprobe was used in situ to observe the growth of alpha dextrose monohydrate on alpha anhydrous dextrose crystals. The Raman spectra indicate growth of the monohydrate below 28.1°C, but the presence of only the anhydrous form above 40.5°C. Contact nucleation experiments with parent anhydrous crystals yielded only monohydrate nuclei below 28.1°C, while contacts in solutions between 34.5 and 41.0°C produced both crystalline forms, and contacts in solutions above 43.5°C produced only anhydrous nuclei. The inability of the monohydrate to grow on anhydrous crystals in the same solution that forms the two crystalline phases with a single contact precludes a simple attrition mechanism of nuclei formation. For the same reason, the hypothetical mechanism involving parent crystal stabilization of pre-crystalline clusters, allowing the clusters to grow into nuclei, is also contradicted. A third, mechanism, which may be a combination of the two, is believed to apply.

  • 50.
    Cerreta, M.K.
    et al.
    Iowa State University.
    Berglund, Kris
    Raman spectroscopic studies of the structure of supersaturated ammonium dihydrogen phosphate solutions1984In: Industrial crystallization 84: proceedings of the 9th Symposium on industrial crystallization, the Hague, the Netherlands, September 25-28, 1984 / [ed] S.J. Jančić; E.J. de Jong, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1984, p. 233-236Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Raman spectroscopic studies of quiescent under and supersaturated ammonium dihydrogen phosphate (ADP) aqueous solutions were performed on the nu //1 (totally symmetric or breathing mode) and nu //3 (symmetric twist) H//2PO//4 OVER BAR bands as well as for the nu //1 band of solid ADP and solid diammonium hydrogen phosphate (DHP). The splitting of the non-degenerate ADP nu //1 band in concentrated solution is interpreted in terms of a well-ordered quasi-crystalline solution structure. Increases in nu //1 half-width at half-height support this view.

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