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Leaf-inspired nanocellulose frameworks for next generation photosynthetic cell factories

Project description

More sustainable chemicals from photosynthetic cell factories

With the development of modern biotechnology, algal micro-organisms (used today in many fields) have strong potential as productive photosynthetic ‘cell factories’, especially important as a source of cheap renewable energy and chemicals. However, industrial algal biotechnology in solid-state cell factories needs new solutions for more efficient production. For this reason, the EU-funded FuturoLEAF project will combine the concept of a functional architecture from nanocellulose building blocks with the anatomy and functions designed on the principles of plant leaf anatomy to create a new algal-based biocatalyst technology efficient in capturing CO2 and producing solar-driven biofuels and chemicals. Maximising light utilisation, CO2 capturing and easing of logistical transportation of cell factories will enable high catalytic turnover time. The FuturoLEAF system will be tested and evaluated at technology readiness level 3.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 946 856,25

Participants (5)

TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 590 656,25
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 444 107,50
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 395 125
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 399 937,50
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CYANO BIOTECH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 172 750
Address
Magnusstrasse 11
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)