University Manchester students turn corn waste into succinic acid

University of Manchester students turn corn waste into succinic acid

7:32 AM, 22nd May 2012
University of Manchester students turn corn waste into succinic acid
David Brown, CEO, IChemE.

MANCHESTER UK: A team of students from the University of Manchester, UK has been awarded an international sustainability prize by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in recognition of a university design project based on turning corn waste into succinic acid.

The project designed by final-year students Liam Booth, Maryam Ojetola, Sarah Bickerton, Richard Gowers, Sophie Wilkinson, Vanessa Suniggi and Andrew Harrison; involved designing a process for producing succinic acid from corn waste using the microorganisim actinobacillicus succinogenes. The team won a prize of £700.

“This project is a great example of how chemical engineers are leading the transition to a low carbon economy and are helping to tackle the impact of climate change. Encouraging chemical engineering students to think about this and sustainable ways of working is key to ensuring they take a similar mindset into their professional careers,” said David Brown, CEO, IChemE.

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