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High Performance Industrial Protein Matrices through Bioprocessing

Objective

Novel enzymatic technologies will be developed for production of high performance, economically viable protein matrices with tailored properties leading to enhanced surface/bulk characteristics. These novel materials will be exploited in textile, leather, materials & medical industry. The choice of matrices is focused on materials Nature has already engineered. Scientifically the objective is to discover novel enzymes capable of modifying/grafting functional groups onto protein matrices, to generate knowledge on enzymatic reaction mechanisms in molecular level using model substrates and to apply this knowledge to real substrates i.e. materials like wool, silk, leather, feather to produce novel tailored materials:
-define accessibility and reactivity of target groups in heterogeneous protein matrices
-develop screening methods and screen for novel enzymes catalysing modification of protein matrices
-produce novel enzymes in pilot scale
-exploit novel enzymes in order to develop tailored materials e.g. grafting antimicrobials, hydrophobic agents; cross linking, restructuring, reinforcing to design materials with new properties; producing added-value products from waste material. Proposed STRP integrates complementary know-how from 4 EU and 2 Associated countries. Combination of different expertise of microbiology, biochemistry, enzymologist, fibber research, material science and industry into an interdisciplinary project will create efficient synergy. STRP corresponds to NMP-3.4.2.2-2 generating fundamental knowledge, developing generic technologies, fostering strong position of EU industry in area of smart coatings and thin films functionality by implementing enzyme-catalysed processes & to NMP-3.4.2.3-1 defining accessibility of specific target groups for enzyme-catalysed fictionalisation in protein matrices through reaction modelling & to NMP-3.4.3.2-1 developing sustainable solutions through bioprocesses aiming at creating knowledge-based industries.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES WOLLFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT AN DER RWTH AACHEN E.V.
Address
Veltmanplatz 8
Aachen
Germany

Participants (17)

VTT VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
1000 Espoo
DEVAN-PPT CHEMICALS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
3 Charnwood Street
Derby
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
Manchester
TECNOTESSILE - SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA TECNOLOGICA R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
Prato
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti, 43
Pisa
E. PECCI & C. S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Cellerese 17/F
Prato
TINTORIA DEL SOLE SPA
Italy
Address
Via Montegrappa 304
Prato
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Burton Street
Nottingham
AB ENZYMES GMBH
Germany
Address
Feldbergstrasse 78
Darmstadt
ROAL OY
Finland
Address
Tykkimaentie 15
Rajamaki
BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Muegyetem Rkp. 3-9
Budapest
AKCIJU SABIEDRIBA "OGRE"
Latvia
Address
Rigas Iela 98
Ogre
STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE PER LA SETA
Italy
Address
Via Giuseppe Colombo, 83
Milano
BLC LEATHER TECHNOLOGY CENTER LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Leather Trade House, Kings Park Road, Moulton Park
Northampton
PROSPER DE MULDER LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Ings Road
Doncaster
ASTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
POLITECNICO DI TORINO