Company name

Photanol BV


University of Amsterdam

The company

Photanol BV is a spin-off company founded in March 2008 by the UvA Holding together with the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and Prof. Klaas Hellingwerf and Prof. Joost Teixeira de Mattos.

Through the genetic adaptation of cyanobacteria, the patented Photanol process enhances the capacity of these bacteria to use sunlight to combine the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide with the capacity of various fermenting bacteria to synthesise products (e.g. acetic acid, lactate, ethanol and butanol), as well as organic acids and biofuels. The Photanol process draws exclusively on solar energy and CO2, produces no waste and is highly efficient.