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New BIOtechnologiCaL approaches for biodegrading and promoting the environmEntal biotrAnsformation of syNthetic polymeric materials

Objective

In BIOCLEAN project, novel and robust microorganisms (aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and fungi) able to extensively degrade polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrol (PS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymers and plastics will be isolated from actual-site aged plastic wastes obtained from several European marine and terrestrial sites, composting facilities and landfills, and obtained via tailored screenings from existing European collections of microbes. Robust enzymes able to fragment the target plastics with the production of valuable chemicals and building blocks will be obtained from the selected microbes and enzyme collections. Untreated and physically/chemically pre-treated PE, PS, PP and PVC polymers and plastics will be employed in such isolation/ screening activities, and an integrated methodology, relying on advanced analytical methods (determining plastics physicochemical changes and breakdown products resulting from biological attack), and tailored enzymatic, microbiological and ecotoxicological methods, will be adopted for the characterization of actual industrial relevance of the obtained microbes and enzymes. Physical and chemical pretreatments improving biodegradability of target plastics will be identified and transferred on the pilot scale. The most promising microbial cultures and enzymes will be exploited in the development of pilot scale, slurry or solid-phase bioprocesses for the bioremediation and controlled depolymerization, respectively, of target pretreated plastics and in the set up of tailored bioaugmentation protocols for enhancing plastic waste biodegradation in marine water systems, composting and anaerobic digestor facilities. The processes developed will be assessed for their economical and environmental sustainability. Field scale validation of the most promising bioaugmentation protocols in a composting and a marine site and attempts to develop a plastic pollution reduction strategy for the Aegean Sea have been planned too

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 439 106,09
Administrative Contact
Arianna Morelli (Ms.)

Participants (19)

Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 042,86
Address
Markt 23
02763 Zittau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hofrichter (Prof.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 300 199
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Francois-Xavier Corvini (Prof.)
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Building E4, Technical University Campus Counoupidiana
731 00 Chania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Despina Pantelaki (Ms.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 189 970
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
MADEP SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Chemin Des Maladières 22
2022 Bevaix
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trello Beffa (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 181 954,18
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hofrichter (Prof.)
OSTRAVSKA UNIVERZITA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 209 958
Address
Dvorakova 7
701 03 Ostrava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katerina Malachova (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 179 934
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pascaline Toutois (Dr.)
CENTRUM MATERIALOW POLIMEROWYCH IWEGLOWYCH POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK*CMPIW PAN
Poland
EU contribution
€ 149 940
Address
Ul. M Curie Sklodowskiej 34
41 819 Zabrze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jerzy Tomecki (Mr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 220 723,96
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Verstichel (Mr.)
FELSILAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 80 280
Address
Via Cesare Correnti 3 D E
40132 Bologna Bo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ersilia Manenti (Ms.)
BIOBASIC ENVIRONNEMENT SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 99 968
Address
Biopole Clermont Limagne
63360 Saint-beauzire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geoffrey Perchet (Dr.)
TECHNIKI PROSTASIAS PERIVALLONTOS ANONYMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 149 980
Address
Mesologgiou 39
18545 Peiraias
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Chrysanthopoulos (Mr.)
NANJING UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Hankou Road 22
210093 Nanjing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rong Ji (Prof.)
DIADIMOTIKI EPICHEIRISI DIACHEIRISIS STEREON APOVLITON ANONYMI ETAIREIA OTA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Grigoriou E 50
73135 Chania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleutherios Kopasis (Mr.)
MARITIM MILJO BEREDSKAP AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 22 685
Address
Idrettsvegen 103
5353 Straume Fjell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leif H. Larsen (Mr.)
PLASTICSEUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Avenue E Van Nieuwenhuyse 4
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Roberto Gomez (Mr.)
SIMA-TEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 416
Address
Vogelsrather Weg 1
41366 Schwalmtal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Enders (Mr.)
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 57 830,91
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Turid Loddengaard (Ms.)