Mimicking nature to produce green chemicals using the power of light

Associate professor Selin Kara and her bioreactor, that uses light as catalyst and natural enzymes as ingredients to synthesize green chemicals. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.



What if you could create 100 per cent biodegradable plastic and chemical compounds using only natural ingredients and light, generating no waste at all, and 100 per cent sustainable?

That’s actually the vision of an international research team currently working towards the synthesis of green chemicals for our daily life; chemicals such as polymers, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals – an industry that today actually belong amongst the most polluting in the world, not just because of what ends up in nature, but also because of production processes that traditionally produces a lot more waste than product.


Read the full article by Mr. Jesper Brunn of Aarhus University here