Date: Friday 4 Oct. 2013
Location: Moscow School of Management in Skolkovo
Biofuels are compounds produced from renewable resources, in particular sugars and reduced organic substrates derived from carbohydrate feedstocks. As such, they are presently attracting considerable attention for the role they could play in a sustainable economy that is based on renewable feedstocks and has reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Production of these commodities is achieved by the activities of microorganisms either in their native form or properly engineered to achieve high conversion yields and productivities. Metabolic engineering is the enabling technology for engineering microorganisms to generate biocatalysts suitable for industrial application. This presentation will review major challenges in realizing sustainable biofuel production. In particular issues of cost, feedstock supply and technological development will be addressed.