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Development and implementation of a contact biocide polymer for its application as antimicrobial and anti-deposit surfaces in the food industry

Objective

There is a common need for preventing and eradicating microbial contamination across the supply and production chain in the food industry, especially in the food processing and packaging industries in the EU. Therefore, it is important that all surfaces which come in contact with food and foodstuffs are free of potentially hazardous microorganisms. Compared to conventional antimicrobial agents, polymeric biocide materials compounded in different elastomeric and non-elastomeric surfaces have the advantages of being non-volatile, chemically stable and do not release degradation products of low molecular weight into the environment. BIOSURF aims to develop aminofunctionalised norbornene polymers for their implementation as biocide antimicrobial and anti-deposit surfaces in different applications in food industries. BIOSURF also aims to develop anti-deposit and microbial monitoring modules, in order to assess the efficiency of the biocidic surfaces in its antimicrobial and anti-deposit functions. In addition, the project, will implement, test and optimise under real production conditions the biocide surfaces in combination with the monitoring modules, aiming achieve marketable products. The R&D activities will be based on initial patent-protected concepts developed by KEKELIT and LAGOTEC (SME participants). The project is centred on complementary technological problems and innovation needs of the participating SMEs, for which further R&D activities from joint initial research represent a clear exploitation potential for the businesses. KEKELIT manufactures plastic equipment for different industrial applications such as plastic pipe systems, pipe insulation and pre-insulated pipes; LAGOTEC develops industrial monitoring technologies (biofilm control/microbial plant safety); and COASA is specialized in the production, packaging and distribution of farmhouse cheese, honey, jams, canned food and cider.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 45 947
Administrative Contact
Eva Bradacs (Ms.)

Participants (5)

KE KELIT KUNSTSTOFFWERK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 427 900
Address
Ignaz Mayerstrasse 17
4020 Linz-donau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elmar Ratschmann (Mr.)
LAGOTEC GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 523 172
Address
Breitscheidstr. 51
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Goll (Mr.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 966
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birte Ostwald (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 851
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Qi Zhao (Dr.)
COMERCIALIZADORA ASTURIANA DE ALIMENTOS, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 114 876
Address
Carretera As-17; Km 29,800; Fonciello-tiñana
33199 Siero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Martinez Alonso (Mr.)