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Transition towards environment-friendly consumer products by co-creation of an oxidoreductase foundry

Project description

The making of an oxidoreductase foundry

Novel solutions are urgently needed to mitigate the consequences of climate change. Greening consumer products is a big step in this direction. The EU-funded OXIPRO project will explore oxidoreductases – a promising yet underexploited solution for enhancing sustainability. Oxidoreductases are versatile with wide ranging applications including creating value from waste, replacing harmful oxidisers, and enhancing the appearance, quality, and durability of consumer products. OXIPRO will co-develop an oxidoreductase foundry for the efficient transition to greener detergents, textiles, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics industries. The project will develop innovative generic technology platforms based on enzyme intelligence and enzyme technologies to reduce time-to-market of OXIPRO solutions.

Objective

OXIPRO will contribute to the transition towards greener detergents, textiles, cosmetics and nutraceuticals by co-creating and co-developing an efficient oxidoreductase foundry under an interdisciplinary and systemic innovation approach, integrating high-performance computing and cutting-edge biotechnology. Oxidoreductases offer promising, yet underexploited solutions for enhancing sustainability in consumer products. Oxidoreductases are able to replace strong toxic and harmful oxidizers, create novel functionalities in substrates, transform waste to valuable products, and improve quality, appearance and durability of consumer products. In OXIPRO, a collaborative ecosystem and RRI framework will be created to guide the development of novel environmental-friendly oxidoreductase-based solutions in an oxidoreductase foundry: 1) Hygienization in liquid detergents to sustain low energy washing processes. 2) Develop a circular cotton-textile biobleaching process for reduction of energy, water and chemical consumption. 3) Improve the sensory quality of fish protein hydrolysates to facilitate new sustainable value chains and improve by-product utilization for clinical nutrition. 4) Replace polluting ingredients with natural polymers for sunscreen products with additional skin health promoting effects. OXIPRO will develop novel generic technology platforms: enzyme intelligence (in silico bioprospecting and evolution, machine learning) and enzyme technologies (microfluidic reactors, co-factor dependences, bio-degradable immobilization), which will enable a faster time-to-market of the OXIPRO developments. These platforms can be replicated to other enzyme families and industrial sectors. Taken together, OXIPRO’s interdisciplinary approach will contribute to broadening the application of enzymes in greener consumer products and to the overall sustainability and competitiveness of the European bio-based economy.

Call for proposal

H2020-FNR-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FNR-2020-2

Coordinator

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Net EU contribution
€ 1 575 156,25
Address
NYGARDSGATEN 112
5838 Bergen
Norway

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 679 218,75

Participants (15)