FURI | Fall 2018

Production of Polycatechols using CotA laccase in engineered E.coli strains

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This project aims to develop a microbial approach to produce a variety of poly-catechols or bio-plastics using E.coli generated CotA laccase enzyme and to analyze the properties of these bio-plastics. The aromatic substrates will be processed through specific E.coli laccase enzymes and the polymer product will be analyzed with Gel permeation chromatography. Producing these alternate bio-plastics may bring a sustainable and alternate source of polymer material that may yield beneficial properties for industry use. Future research includes processing and refinement of these alternate polymers.

Student researcher

Adityaa Sakthi

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2020