Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
The NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is developing the tools, components, and materials needed to transform carbohydrate feedstocks into bio-based chemicals. Core know-how and technologies include bioengineering of fatty acid and polyketide biochemistry in microorganisms, as well as an innovative and complimentary portfolio of developments in chemical catalysis. By combining biocatalysis and chemical catalysis, CBiRC creates new knowledge and powerful systems that have the potential to nurture a sustainable bio-based chemical industry. CBiRC believes the existing petrochemical supply chain can be transformed with key bio-based foundational intermediates that deliver an array of drop-in chemistry or similar functionality to existing fossil-carbon-based chemicals.