Team:TU Delft/Project/conclusions


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Our goal was to tackle the biological conversion of hydrocarbons in an aqueous environment. The basis of the project was generating a "biological chassis", which provides the framework for varying and multiple characteristics needed for the conversion of hydrocarbons, including considerations like conversion ability, hydrocarbon tolerance/solubility and halo (salt) tolerance. This chassis could than be used in for example specifically the biological degradation of oil particles in oil sands tailing water.

Alkane Degradation



To overcome the mass‐transfer limitation between the water and oil fase, a gene encoding for AlnA, a protein with emulsifying properties was expressed. The increased solubility of about 20% was determined by [Team:TU_Delft/Project/solubility/characterization|a new method]]. We suggest that in future research the protein is tagged, so it can be isolated with higher purity.


RBS Characterization