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Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules

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NSF I/UCRC for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules  (Polytechnic University of New York)

 Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

Biocatalysis offers promising options for reducing energy consumption, the use of toxic chemicals, and the generation of by-products during the polymer-synthesis process. It also offers increased control over the product structure and properties.  The Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center since 2000, focuses its research on developing and using whole-cell and cell-free enzyme systems to carry out the synthesis and modification of monomers, macromers, and polymers.

NSF's I/UCRC program features high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research; strong industrial support and collaboration in research and education; and direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry, improving its competitive posture in world markets.  This I/UCRC provides its industrial partners with cutting-edge research on enzyme transformations related to polymer technology, enhancing their ability to assess the impact that the use of biocatalysis and bioprocessing might have on their short- and long-term business strategies.

 

Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research, education, and professional training. The Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules provides opportunities for students to work with member companies on cooperative research projects; encourages scientists from its partner companies to utilize the Center's research laboratories; and organizes workshops and symposia to advance research goals.

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