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Bioinspired superhydrophbic wax surfaces to eliminate biofilm formation in the food industry

Objective

Microbial food spoilage leads to food-borne illnesses and food wastage. It is estimated that food borne disease cause 23 million illnesses and 5,000 deaths only in the European region and around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually. Contamination of food by biofilms can occur at any stage of the food production process or consumption. In this PoC we propose to address this problem taking inspiration from nature. We have shown that we can emulate various plant leaf surfaces by synthetic paraffin waxes which exhibit superhydrophobic and pronounced passive anti-microbial properties. These waxes are FDA approved for the use in food products. We plan to develop easy to apply waxed surfaces via spray and dip coating techniques, which can be easily implemented into the food industry at various stages of production. We believe this will allow to significantly reduce food spoilage and waste.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 150 000

Beneficiaries (1)

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments