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Light-driven sustainable biocatalysis training network

Objective

Pharmaceutical and chemical products present in everyday life are currently obtained from waste- and energy-intensive processes. Alternative routes that overcome this waste challenge should offer a cleaner and long-lasting solution. PhotoBioCat aims at developing efficient and sustainable light-driven enzyme-catalyzed chemical processes to a commercial industrial level. The PhotoBioCat EJD will train 12 ESRs in cutting edge research projects on (i) the development of chemical and biological catalytic systems for the synthetic use of visible light for the production of pharmaceuticals, bulk-, fine- and specialty chemicals, (ii) up-scaling and optimization of commercially relevant processes together with industry, (iii) defining a road-map for the industrial implementation of photobiocatalysis. The double degree program allows in-depth training in two complementary disciplines, further strengthened by a transferable skills training with strong industry participation.
The objectives will be attained through a consortium of seven universities and eight industrial partners, providing the ideal environment to foster complementary expertise in chemical synthesis, biocatalysis, synthetic biology and process engineering. PhotoBioCat will explore (a) the catalytic application of photosynthetic microorganisms and their optimization by modern synthetic biology techniques; (b) the coupling of enzymes to light-harvesting molecules in vitro; and (c) the optimization of photobiocatalytic processes to technical scale; accompanied by specially designed training of the ESRs and dissemination of the results to scientific community and public.
The inter- and multidisciplinary setting offered through double degrees combined with industrial training and set-ups will not only provide the tools and means necessary for the implementation of sustainable processes, but also prepare the next generation of researchers for for the implementation of sustainable processes in the Biotech sector.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EJD - European Joint Doctorates

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 440 775,36

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 511 868,16
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 476 712,72
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 498 431,58
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 937,30
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (10)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
innoPhore
Austria
Address
Am Eisernen Tor 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHIRACON GMBH
Germany
Address
Biotechnologiepark Tgz 1
14943 Luckenwalde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EntreChem SL
Spain
Address
Edificio Cientifico Tecnologico Campus El Cristo
33006 Oviedo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Subitec GmbH
Germany
Address
Julius-holder Strasse 36
70597 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CYANO BIOTECH GMBH
Germany
Address
Magnusstrasse 11
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GLAXOSMITHKLINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Great West Road 980
TW89GS Brentford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Sandoz GmbH
Austria
Address
Biochemiestraße 10
6250 Kundl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)