| 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 www.SynBioC.ugent.be
including all references of the published work in this area.