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NOVEL, SUSTAINABLE MARINE BIO-SURFACTANT / BIO-EMULSIFIERS FOR COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION

Objective

Surfactants and emulsifiers constitute an important class of chemical agents that are widely used in almost every sector of modern industry. The huge market demand is currently met almost exclusively by synthetic, mainly petroleum-based, chemical products, which are usually non-biodegradable and mostly toxic or GM plant based products (used in foods), which are undesirable by some end-users. Their biologically produced counterparts (i.e. bio-surfactants and bio-emulsifiers) offer more green sustainable alternatives. This has led to a number of manufactures, looking for ways to increase competitiveness through searching for underexploited sources such as the marine environment. Our objectives are to develop (1) innovative approaches in discovering, characterizing and producing novel marine-derived bio-surfactants from a large bacterial collection (greater than 500 strains) housed at Heriot Watt University, originally isolated from various coastal and open ocean waters around the world, (2) novel, economic, and eco-friendly end-products with commercial applications in order to replace synthetic counterparts, and (3) to demonstrate the functionality of new product development for commercial exploitation. Our collection consists of novel bacterial species, originally isolated for their ability to degrade oils, with proven promise in this respect. For this reason, our consortium (consisting of academic institutions, industrial companies and end-users) offering a wide range of expertise, will address the technical bottlenecks for meeting our objectives, namely those of marine resource identification, sustainable supply, discovery pipeline and efficient production in biological systems. The relevance of our proposal to the work programme is underlined by its expected impact in increasing efficiency of discovery pipelines, the development of more economic and eco-friendly end-products and finally in contributing to the implementation of the objectives of the EU Blue Growth.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 990 072,50

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 719 757,50
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 203 750
Address
Panepistimioupoli Rectorate Building
69100 Komotini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 527 750
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent
Activity type
Other
EcoTechSystems Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 134 600
Address
Via Caduti Del Lavoro 27
60131 Ancona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 449 392,50
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
APIVITA KALLYNTIKA DIAITITIKA FARMAKA ANONYMI EMPORIKI KAI VIOTECHNIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 197 375
Address
Industrial Park Of Markopoulo
19003 Markopoulo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARLOW FOODS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 375
Address
Station Road
TS97AB Stokesley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MACPHIE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 063,39
Address
Glenbervie
AB39 3YG Stonehaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NANOIMMUNOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 297 898,75
Address
Edificio Citexvi C Fonte Das Abelle Sn Campus Universitario De Vigo
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 571 125
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 130 062,50
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 322 425,36
Address
Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments