In recent years, bio-based chemicals have gained interest as a renewable alternative to petrochemicals. However, there is a significant need to assess the technological, biological, economic and environmental feasibility of bio-based chemicals, particularly during the early research phase. Recently, the Multi-scale framework for Sustainable Industrial Chemicals (MuSIC) was introduced to address this issue by integrating modelling approaches at different scales ranging from cellular to ecological scales. This framework can be further extended by incorporating modelling of the petrochemical value chain and the de novo prediction of metabolic pathways connecting existing host metabolism to desirable chemical products. This multi-scale, multi-disciplinary framework for quantitative assessment of bio-based chemicals will play a vital role in supporting engineering, strategy and policy decisions as we progress towards a sustainable chemical industry.
A multi-scale, multi-disciplinary approach for assessing the technological, economic and environmental performance of bio-based chemicals
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Markus Herrgård, Sumesh Sukumara, Miguel Campodonico, Kai Zhuang; A multi-scale, multi-disciplinary approach for assessing the technological, economic and environmental performance of bio-based chemicals. Biochem Soc Trans 1 December 2015; 43 (6): 1151–1156. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20150144
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