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Sustainable Microbial and Biocatalytic Production of Advanced Functional Materials

Sustainable Microbial and Biocatalytic Production of Advanced Functional Materials

Objective

The present IP aims at the development of novel sustainable bioprocesses for the production of functional bioproducts (e.g., lactic acid- and PHA-based polyesters, chitosan and alginate biopolymers, polysaccharide-based biosurfactants).

To address this challenge, the following radical innovations will be pursued:
- Novel biocatalysts: exploration of native/manipulated microorganisms for the low-cost production of a wide spectrum of enzymes with tailored substrate specificity, thermal stability and optimum pH. Use of bioinformatics in design of specific enzyme targets. Improvement of enzyme stability and catalytic efficiency using immobilization technologies. Biocatalysis in organic media.
- Metabolic pathway engineering of multiple reactions to generate novel metabolic products, for enhancing naturally occurring pathways to generate intermediates and to broaden the utilizable substrate range to various renewable and waste carbon sources.
- Innovative downstream processing operation for the recovery of bioproducts.
- Digital bioproduction and bioprocessing: the application of advanced modeling, monitoring and control methods to bioprocesses will bring new prospects for substantial improvements in production efficiency and product quality.

The proposed IP integrates the scientific activities and complementary skills of more than one hundred researchers coming from 14 EU-countries. The Consortium consists of 8 SMEs, 4 large companies, 6 research centres and 6 university departments. The joint efforts and co-operation between different partners representing a variety of research fields and coming from different parts of Europe will contribute to the wide-open dissemination of R&D results and their industrial exploitation as expressed in the notion of the ERA.

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Coordinator

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

Address

6th Km Charilaou-Thermi Road
361 Thermi-Thessaloniki

Greece

Administrative Contact

Costas KIPARISSIDES (Professor)

Participants (27)

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KITOZYME SA

Belgium

PROCTER AND GAMBLE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS SA

Switzerland

HYCAIL FINLAND OY

Finland

FMC BIOPOLYMER AS

Norway

BIOMEDAL SL

Spain

IMENZ BIOENGINEERING BV

Netherlands

DEUTSCHES WOLLFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT AN DER RWTH AACHEN E.V.

Germany

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG

France

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN

Sweden

ALGIPHARMA AS

Norway

PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICE GMBH

Germany

PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICES COMPANY NV

Belgium

Artes Biotechnology GmbH

Germany

Biopolis SL

Spain

CPB - Companhia Petroquimica do Barreiro SA

Portugal

Centre for Process Innovation Limited

United Kingdom

Ciba Specialty Chemicals PLC

United Kingdom

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

Spain

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Denmark

Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Polimeros

Portugal

Istituto di Ricerca Protos

Italy

Universidad del pais Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Spain

Universitaet Stuttgart

Germany

Universite de Liege

Belgium

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Vysoka Skola Chemicko-Technologicka v Praze

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26515

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 185 733

  • EU contribution

    € 8 983 187

Coordinated by:

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

Greece