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Nature-inspired Circular Recycling for Polymers

Project description

Enhancing universality of plastic building blocks to support recycling in a circular economy

Plastic use and recycling is still facing many challenges, while plastic waste continues to be an important problem. In a truly circular economy, raw materials are used to produce products that are broken down into raw materials to be used again – there is no waste. Nature provides us with insightful examples. Proteins are sequence-defined natural polymers built using amino acid monomers. Nature recycles them by breaking them down into those amino acids that are then used to build other proteins, often very different from the recycled ones. The EU-funded NaCRe project plans to establish the concept of recycling sequence-defined biological and synthetic polymers in a way that adheres to the principles of circular economy.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-ADG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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Host institution

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 375 000

Beneficiaries (1)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 3 375 000
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments