Research

Main research interests are in the bioconversion of biomass, such as crops, agricultural residues, and cellulosic wastes, for the production of fuels and chemicals.

The role of the Laboratory in multidisciplinary research has been focused on the development of green technologies for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and other value added chemicals/foods/food additives from the various renewable feedstock, such as lignocellulosic biomass, algal biomass, and other organic wastes.

Various biochemical products and biofuels can be produced from inexpensive and abundant renewable sources (ex; biomass) as an alternative to the fossil sources suc as oil and coal. Biomass can be utilized for the productions of fuels, power, and chemicals, which can be various substitutes for petroleum-based products and fuels; i.e. according to the NREL (2010), it is the biorefinery concept, which is analogous to today's petroleum refineries, which produce multiple fuels and products from petroleum. Industrial biorefineries have been identified as the most promising route to the creation of a new domestic biobased industry.

We are interested in not only development of various chemical and biological conversion of biomass including pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation processes, but also production of platform chemicals, building blocks (C1~C6), and various biobased products for industrial chemical, textile, food, environmental, interior, phamaceutical, cosmetic industries.

Background

단기간에 재생산이 가능한 바이오매스 자원을 이용한 바이오제품, 바이오연료 등을 생산하는 기술은 미래 바이오화학 산업의 핵심 기술로서 관심을 받고 있다. 식물, 조류, 유기성폐자원 등의 바이오매스는 주성분이 당(탄수화물), 리그닌(탄화수소), 기타 성분(단백질, 지질 등)이 있으며 이러한 platform chemical들을 기반으로 C1~C6 계열의 다양한 building block 들을 생산할 수 있다. Platform chemical의 분별, 그 후 building block 전환공정, 최종적으로 에너지, 산업용제품(섬유, 식품, 화장품, 건강, 의학, 건축 등)으로 생산할 수 있는 공정기술 개발을 화학공학, 재료공학, 생물공학 등 다양한 분야의 첨단 기술을 응용하여 연구하고 있다.

The role of the Laboratory in multidisciplinary research has been focused on the development of green technologies for the production of biofuels, bioproducts, and other value added chemicals/foods/food additives from the various renewable feedstock, such as lignocellulosic biomass, algal biomass, and other organic wastes.

Various biochemical products and biofuels can be produced from inexpensive and abundant renewable sources (ex; biomass) as an alternative to the fossil sources suc as oil and coal.

Biomass can be utilized for the productions of fuels, power, and chemicals, which can be various substitutes for petroleum-based products and fuels; i.e. according to the NREL (2010), it is the biorefinery concept, which is analogous to today's petroleum refineries, which produce multiple fuels and products from petroleum. Industrial biorefineries have been identified as the most promising route to the creation of a new domestic biobased industry.

We are interested in not only development of various chemical and biological conversion of biomass including pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation processes, but also production of platform chemicals, building blocks (C1~C6), and various biobased products for industrial chemical, textile, food, environmental, interior, phamaceutical, cosmetic industries.

More details

* Biomass processing

ž- 화학적 전처리 공정기술 개발

- 화학적전처리, 효소당화, 미생물 발효의 통합공정 기술

* Platform chemical 분별분리

- Cellulose, hemicellulos, lignin, lipid, protein 등의 화학적, 생물학적 분리 정제 기술

* 소재 및 bio-based product 제조

- Ethanol, lactic acid, levulinic acid, furfural, 5-HMF 등의 building block chemicals

- 산업용 화학소재, 섬유, 식품, 환경, 건축/내장, 건강, 의료, 화장품의 기초 원료 및 소재

* Process optimization & techno-economic analysis

- 화학적 생물학적 공정의 simulation & optimization

- 경제성 비교와 분석