Submitted by: HLFS Ursprung
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Amylase 2.0 - Pimp my Enzymes!
Enzymes play today in various branches of industry a huge role. In order to produce efficiently as possible, it is especially important that all fermentation processes can be exactly matched to them, which often makes high temperatures required. a-amylase splits starch into glucose. Since the resulting sugars can be fermented into alcohol, it plays in the production of ethanol a major role. The optimum working moment is used in the industry Amylase 82-86 ° C. The newly emerging science, "Synthetic Biology" makes it now possible enzymes to the production processes and adapt as to reduce the working temperature. Together with the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, the students produced the world's first original HLFS a functional synthetic amylase. The work is now being studied at the TU Berlin on.