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Dairy industry waste as source for sustainable polymeric material production

Objective

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biologically synthesized and biodegradable polyesters that may substitute fossil oil-derived plastics. A new process for sustainable production of PHAs with controlled composition to be used as key components in the design and production of biodegradable plastic packaging items is proposed. Whey, a European wide surplus and waste material from dairy industry will be taken as cheap feed stock for the process. After assessment of raw materials and PHA producing bacterial strains, the biotechnological process will be optimized as well as polyester extraction, using nontoxic inexpensive solvents. Purified PHA will be chemically and physically characterized and, guided by the industrial converter partners and end-user needs, an integrated production process for novel biodegradable plastics dedicated to environmentally friendly packaging and containers, meeting the EC-directive 62/94, will be the ultimate project goal.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Petersgasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria

Participants (10)

BDI ANLAGEBAU GES.M.B.H
Austria
Address
Eduard-ast-strasse 1
8073 Feldkirchen Bei Graz
CENTRE OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
M. Curie Sklodowskiej Str. 34
41 800 Zabrze
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
25,Inffeldgasse 25
8010 Graz
IDROPLAX S.R.L
Italy
Address
Via E. Toti 70
51016 Montecatini Terme
LATTERIE VICENTINE SCARL
Italy
Address
Via S. Benedetto 4
36050 Bolzano Vicentino
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTRY
Slovenia
Address
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana
POLYMER INSTITUTE OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Slovakia
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
84236 Bratislava
SLOVAK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Slovakia
Address
9,Radlinskeho 9
812 37 Bratislava
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Strada Romea 16
35020 Albignasego
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA
Italy
Address
Via Risorgimento 35
56100 Pisa