Industrial Feedstocks and Catalysts

Interest in plant and microbial natural products as feedstocks for industry is being accelerated by the need to replace fossil fuel feedstocks.

Our research is highly relevant to the development of new feedstocks, including terpene derivatives (detergent and foaming properties), flavonoids (UV-filtering properties), and starch and other glucans (multiple uses in food and non-food sectors).

Our research will be used to engineer “designer” terpenes for specific applications, developing a Natural Product Discovery Platform for actinomycete products with novel structures and activities.