Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009)

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Invited Lecture

Dr. Shin-ichiro Tawaki (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Japan)

Development of Novel Biocatalysts for the Production of Useful Chemicals from Biomass
Dr. Shin-ichiro Tawaki

Dr. Tawaki has developed a series of novel biocatalysts for the production of useful chemicals from biomass.

In detail, Dr. Tawaki and co-workers have developed an efficient chromosome modification technique for gene introduction and deletion that can enhance target pathways and the interception of by-product pathways as a way to accelerate the production of D-lactate, a precursor of hydroquinone (2-deoxy-scyllo-inosose) and propylene (isopropanol) from biomass.

In this lecture, Dr. Tawaki described this strategic biocatalyst design for the production of useful chemicals, in addition to talking about glucose production from inedible biomass resources like cellulose.

Chairperson; Prof. Akihiko Kondo
(Kobe University, Japan)

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