Prof. Blank Appears at RWTH Open Day!

On Friday, 5. April 2019, P4SB's Professor Lars Blank will give a presentation at the RWTH Open Day. He will give a lecture to people who are considering studying at RWTH, introducing them to the Topic of 'plastic recycling with the help of microbes'. His talk will be titled "Wohin mit dem Plastikmüll? Mikroben helfen beim Plastikrecycling!", in English "Where to put all the plastic waste? Microbes as helpers for recycling plastic!". Curious? Go learn more about this and similar opportunities on the RWTH Homepage!


New Network Partner Pacific Garbage Screening visits iAMB!

P4SB's new network partner Pacific Garbage Screening recently visited the iAMB! Curious? Learn more about Pacific Garbage Screening via our network!

Great New Publications Are Out!

The two P4SB-affiliated publications "Interfacial Activity of Phasin PhaF from Pseudomonas putida KT2440 at Hydrophobic–Hydrophilic Biointerfaces" and "Role of leucine zipper-like motifs in the oligomerization of Pseudomonas putida phasins" have recently been published.

 "Interfacial Activity of Phasin PhaF from Pseudomonas putida KT2440 at Hydrophobic–Hydrophilic Biointerfaces" was written by Aranzazu Mato, Natalia A. Tarazona, Alberto Hidalgo, Antonio Cruz, Mercedes Jiménez, Jesús Pérez-Gil, and Dr. M. Auxiliadora Prieto. It can be accessed here!

"Role of leucine zipper-like motifs in the oligomerization of Pseudomonas putida phasins" was written by Natalia A. Tarazona, Beatriz Maestro, Olga Revelles, Jesús M. Sanz, and Dr. M. Auxiliadora Prieto. It can be accessed here!


Radio Report featuring Prof. Blank!

„Wie Biotechnologen Bakterien verändern“

The Radio Channel Radio Q recently ran a Report featuring an interview with P4SB's Professor Blank. The report was titled „Wie Biotechnologen Bakterien verändern“ (in English: How biotechnologists can alter bacteria) and was uploaded by Radio Q to Soundcloud. In this report, IQ reporter Joshua Hermes interviews Prof. Blank about the Basic ideas and principles behind biotechnological research.

Curious? Go listen to the report (in German) on Soundcloud!

New Publication Featuring P4SB!

The journal article "Isolation and characterization of different promising fungi for biological waste management of polyurethanes" was written by Audrey Magnin, Lucie Hoornaert, Eric Pollet, Stéphanie Laurichesse, Vincent Phalip and Luc Avérous. It was first published on 27 December 2018 in Microbial biotechnology. Congratulations to all involved!


Curious? Learn more on our Publications Page, or via the article's DOI!

P4SB's Prof. Blank Appears at Seminar in Aachen!

The Seminar „Planet Plastic – Vom Segen zum Fluch des Plastiks“ (in English: "planet plastic - the blessing and curse of plastic") took place in Aachen, Germany, on Saturday, 19.01.2019 at the Bischöfliche Akademie, where Professor Blank gave a talk featuring P4SB! 

Curious? Go visit the Seminar Webpage!

[Image: Prof. Blank during his lecture]

Great Article about New Recycling Project "LOOP"

"How to solve the world’s plastics problem: Bring back the milk man"

MOOC featuring P4SB Starts Today!

The MOOC "Biobased Products for a Sustainable (Bio)economy - Discover how fossil fuels are being replaced by renewable resources to create sustainable and biobased products." starts today, 16.01.2019! It is an introductory level course by TU Delft and RWTH Aachen and is taught by a number of great instructors, P4SB's very own Professor Lars Blank among them.

Curious? Learn more and sign up for this course here!


About this course

Have you ever asked what “biobased” means or wondered about the key aspects in developing and commercializing biobased products? This course will answer those questions and more; highlighting the opportunities, hurdles, and driving forces of the bioeconomy. 

Today’s industries face enormous global challenges when it comes to the fossil-based economy. Fossil resources are no longer a desirable feedstock for many products and governments’ climate goals put various limitations to its usage. Moreover, consumer perception has become an increasingly important factor. With biobased products as an alternative to the fossil-based economy, the bioeconomy can provide viable solutions to these challenges.

The course describes the different types of biomass, the methods of refinery and typical conversion technologies used for biobased products. You'll also engage in a study of the practical and real-life examples emerging in the market: biopolymers, bioenergy, bioflavours, and biosurfactants.

The course has been developed by a team of experts from seven different institutions and universities in three different countries, all sharing their personal perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by the biobased industry. The three top-ranked institutions Delft University of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, and Wageningen University & Research offer additional, more advanced courses to continue your learning journey:

  • Industrial Biotechnology: a more advanced course that digs deeper into engineering aspects of bio-based products.
  • MicroMasters Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability: Help drive the transition from fossil sources to renewable energy ones and engineer a biobased future.     
  • Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Introduction to sustainable development and its relation to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.


 What you'll learn

  • How to judge the opportunities for biobased resources as alternative feedstocks compared to fossil resources
  • The challenges and opportunities of the bioeconomy and the basic elements of the value chain 
  • Real life examples of biobased products of the bioeconomy, such as biosurfactants, bioflavours, bioenergy, and biopolymers
  • How biobased products are produced 
  • The key issues that must be overcome for the commercialization of such products 

P4SB at ISBP 2018!

Last October, the 16th International Symposium on Biopolymers (ISBP 2018) was held in Beijing, China. P4SB was represented at this event by a Grand total of one poster, two short talks, and three invited lectures. The full program and more information about this event can be accessed via the ISBP 2018 website.