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New bio-inspired processes and products from renewable feedstocks

Objective

Within the FP7 PEOPLE project (Blue4Glue), Fraunhofer Institute (IFAM) and Procter and
Gamble discovered a (PPO based) enzymatic process used by marine-organisms, which
“produce” polymers in a much simpler way (less process steps) than industry does in classical
chemistry. BIO-MIMETIC aims to transfer this new scientific knowledge into a blueprint for a
novel (pre-)industrial enzymatic-based bio-polymerization process. It involves research partners
(IFAM and UNITOV) with experience in enzymatic transformation and bio-based synthetic
polymers, as well as expert SMEs such as Dyadic (enzymes), CIMV (biomass transformation
into bio-chemistry) and CULGI (computational modeling of bio-chemical processes) to develop
the process that firstly transforms biomass (lignin) into new bio-based polymers (pseudo
peptides). These will used to create respectively: 1) Bioconjugated copolymers, that will be
tested in detergents (by P&G) 2) Bio-cross-linked adhesive gels, to be experimented in antiageing
cosmetics and in bio-textiles preparation (by an SME cosmetic producer MAVI).
Potential environmental benefits are over 124 kton/yr less toxic solvents to produce chemicals,
over 1 Billion kWh of energy savings (room temperature process) and a drastically reduced CO2
footprint i.e. replace 8000 Mtons of petrochemical based deposition aides and in the future
substitute a large amount of phenol and phenolic derivatives, which are used to produce chemical
intermediates for a myriad of applications. BIO-MIMETIC will carry out LCA and LCC (cost)
assessments over the value chain as input to business plan and will use a new SME LCA tool
(cCALC) to develop an LCA showcase, which will come available for SMEs. The cCALC tool
and showcase will be freely downloadable as part of the exploitation plan targeted at the market
uptake of project results in the emerging European market of bio-based products, projected to
grow towards 250 billion Euro by 2020.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011-ECO-INNOVATION-TwoStage
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Coordinator

PROCTER & GAMBLE TECHNICAL CENTRES LIMITED
Address
The Heights
KT13 0XP Weybridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 592 476,79
Administrative Contact
Nicola Lackenby (Ms.)

Participants (10)

PROCTER & GAMBLE EUROCOR N.V.

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Temselaan 100
1853 Strombeek-bever
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicola Lackenby (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 695 155
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 550 210
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Crestini (Dr.)
MAVI SUD SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 315 868
Address
Via Dell Industria 1
04011 Aprilia Latina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierfrancesco Morganti (Dr.)
DYADIC NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 404 490
Address
Nieuwe Kanaal 7 S
6709 PA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wim Van Der Wilden (Dr.)
CULGI BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 040
Address
Galileiweg 8
2333 BD Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan-Willem Handgraaf (Dr.)
COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DE LA MATIERE VEGETAL CIM V
France
EU contribution
€ 356 849
Address
14 Rue D'orleans
92573 Neuilly Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bouchra Benjelloun-Mlayah (Dr.)
PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICES COMPANY NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 37 696
Address
Temselaan 100
1853 Strombeek Bever
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicola Lackenby (Ms.)
CIAOTECH Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 375
Address
Via Palestrina 25
00189 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ron Weerdmeester (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 111 424
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)