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

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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 719 757,50

DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 203 750

BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 413 750

EcoTechSystems Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 134 600

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 439 392,50

APIVITA KALLYNTIKA DIAITITIKA FARMAKA ANONYMI EMPORIKI KAI VIOTECHNIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 197 375

MARLOW FOODS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 375

MACPHIE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 150 430

NANOIMMUNOTECH SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 297 898,75

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 571 125

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 130 062,50

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 302 058,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635340

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 749 647,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 749 647,50

Coordinated by:

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom