We are very happy to introduce you to our new project: SinFonia. SinFonia aims to produce novel fluorochemicals in a biological way. The project wants to engineer the metabolically-versatile bacterium Pseudomonas putida to execute biofluorinations for generating novel fluoropolymers from renewable substrates.
Why is that interesting? Materials containing the element fluorine (F) are extremely important in our modern world, with applications in electronics, healthcare, automotive and wearables. Currently these fluorochemicals are exclusively synthesized using chemical methods. SinFonia wants to change that by using synthetic biology. You can read a little more about that here.
Biofaction will contribute to the project with public engagement, as well as analyzing the public perception of the project – specifically the use of synthetic biology and of engineered bacteria as future source of value-added F-chemicals.
SinFonia has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814418.