FURI | Fall 2018

Engineering Bacillus Subtilis for the Direct Hydrolysis of Cellulose and Hemicellulose

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An experiment was conducted to analyze the impact that enzymes have on the breakdown of cellulose and hemicellulose to produce glucose with the bacteria Bascillus subtilis (B. subtilis). The introduction of these enzymes will utilize signal peptides that were analyzed through previous research and allow the introduction of new enzymes into B. subtilis. By increasing the production of glucose, the cost of manufacturing biofuels will decrease, and lead to a more sustainable future.

Student researcher

Matthew Kieffer

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2020