Production and downstream processing of biomolecules
Bioprocess engineering lab emphasizes on fermentative production, metabolic engineering and downstream processing of biochemicals such as liquid biofuels, acids, enzymes, and biopolymers as well as therapeutic proteins, high fiber products and rare sugars. We are also striving to utilise in-situ bacterial cellulose modifications for its high end applications in functional materials area.
Process development by using statistical tools, general kinetic reactions and metabolic engineering
We are working to tackle the difficulties associated with mass transfer of gaseous substrates in liquid media in bioprocesses. Our efforts also include design of continuous multistage bioreactors coupled with in situ product recovery.
Modeling and simulation for scale up studies
Laboratory research also encompasses modeling and control of continuous high-temperature short-time food processing, producing high fiber products utilizing brewer’s spent grain, fuzzy logic and neural network modeling, expert system building for food process, pilot scale enzyme crystallization, biotechnical production of rare sugar such as L-fucose and fucose polymer.