Center of Renewable Resources CoRR
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - Ghent University
The Research Group SynBioC  
The Research Group SynBioC focuses on two main themes:
the chemical modification of renewable resources and heterocyclic synthesis of azaheterocyclic phoshonates.
Especially, the first theme is strongly related to the CoRR activities.
Within the chemical modification of renewable resources work has been and is being done in several areas.

The group has been heavily involved in the chemical modification of inulin,the reserve polysaccharide of chicory. Several types of modification have been studied and have resulted in the production and commercialization of a bio-based emulsifier being used in the cosmetic industry.
Further, modification of castor oil derived fatty acids is being studied in order to develop a bio-based building block platform useful for the chemical industry.

Modification of chitosan, isolated from the exoskeleton of crustaceae, is being studied in order to increase the anti-fungal and anti-insecticidal properties of the biopolymer.
Modification of flax fiber has been performed in collaboration with the industry in order to improve the reinforcing properties of the flax fiber for composite applications. The group is interested in general in the transition to a bio-based industry and in dissemination of information on the use of renewable resources.

A handbook for students has been developed:
Renewable Bioresources, Scope and modification for Non-food applications, 2004, Stevens C.V. with Verhé R. G., Editors, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (ISBN 0-470-85446-4).
C. V. Stevens is also series editor of the Series on Renewable Resources that is now being developed in collaboration with Wiley and is director of the Center of Renewable Resources of Ghent University.

More information can be found at including all references of the published work in this area.
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