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Sustainable technologies for the production of biodegradable materials based on natural chitin-nanofibrils derived by waste of fish industry, to produce food grade packaging

Objective

The food sector (including beverage industry) accounts for approximately two thirds of global packaging and about 50% of these packages are made of plastics. Plastic food packaging materials currently in use are generally non-biodegradable causing ecological imbalance and aesthetic deterioration of nature. At the same time being a petro-chemical based product, plastics rely on a depleting and increasingly costly natural resource with relatively low LCA performance (high CO2 footprint).
Food packaging – which is predominantly produced by SMEs - is crucial as physical and barrier protection keeping foodstuffs clean, fresh, and safe for consumers while increasing shelf life. Bio-based plastics offer a highly promising alternative and new biological materials are emerging as potential feedstock, such as chitin waste material from the fishing industry, mostly used in cosmetics applications due to their inherent bacteriostatic properties. Chitin waste exceeds 250 billion tons/year, and is considered hazardous due to its high perishability and polluting effect, both on land and sea. So re-use and up cycling to higher value applications would establish an important step forwards towards resource efficiency, providing a relevant innovation for the SME packaging industry that is under pressure to reduce cost and respond to environmental concerns. Recent research results at the University of Prague, leveraging on an SME owned world-wide patent (MAVI) for the production of chitin Nano fibrils, show interesting additional application opportunities of chitin as a bio-based polymer. The n-CHITOPACK project will leverage on the inherent superior properties of these chitin nano-fibrils for the development of new food packaging materials that are bacteriostatic, 100% bio-degradable and can be used by European packaging SMEs, contributing to increase their competitiveness in the market and to solving environmental challenges.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

MAVI SUD SRL
Address
Via Dell Industria 1
04011 Aprilia Latina
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 366 613,20
Administrative Contact
Pierfranceso Morganti (Dr.)

Participants (7)

AROMA SYSTEM SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 143 268,95
Address
Via Del Battirame 6
40127 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Vecchietti
RODAX IMPEX SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 44 793,50
Address
Drumul Taberei Street 82 Bl C16 Sc E Et 8 Ap 265 Sect 6
061403 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurentiu Moldovan (Dr.)
MICROTEC SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 156 575,75
Address
Via Della Croce Rossa 42
35129 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabetta Ugel (Dr.)
BIOZOON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 981,50
Address
Nansenstr. 8
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Kueck (Mr.)
USTAV MAKROMOLEKULARNI CHEMIE AV CRVVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 16 480
Address
Heyrovsky Sq 2
162 06 Praha 6
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Kouba (Mr.)
CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 21 008
Address
Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Lazzeri (Prof.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 36 376
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Morten Sivertsvik (Dr.)