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Manchester University turn corn waste into succinic acid

14 May 2012

Students from Manchester University, UK, have developed a process which uses the Actinobacillus succinogenes microorganism to turn corn waste into succinic acid.

In recognition of the university project, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has awarded the seven students an international sustainability prize.

Malcolm Wilkinson, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) sustainability special interest group chairman, said: "The team had clearly taken the idea of sustainability right through the project, from the initial concept to the final design."

IChemE CEO David Brown said the project is an example of how chemical engineers are leading the transition to a low carbon economy and are helping 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," Brown added.

IChemE encourages chemical, biochemical and process engineering professionals to advance the discipline for the benefit of society and supports professional developments of its members.