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Composite materials for the immobilisation of biocatalysts

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32628

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 061 010

  • EU contribution

    € 1 359 794

Coordinated by:

C-TECH INNOVATION LTD

United Kingdom

Objective

The aim of the proposed work is to enable a substantial increase in the rate and extent of the uptake of biocatalysis processes by industry, i.e. the use of biological catalysts to facilitate chemical reactions. The objective is to provide a generic approach to the immobilisation and/or stabilisation of enzymes using low cost, renewable support materials and novel internal cross-linking methods where the enzyme becomes its own support. The research will focus on the immobilisation/stabilisation techniques and will assess the enhancement in performance produced in the main target application of fine chemicals synthesis. However, the potential applicability is very broad and applications in textile processing and a novel fuel cell development will also be explored to a more limited extent.

The production of low cost immobilisation materials will be studied. They will be designed to be commercially viable regarding cost to use ratio. Increased stability in commercial preparations of supported biocatalysts will be sought. The ultimate aim is to produce biocatalytic enzyme nanocomposites as free flowing dry powders that may be stored at room temperature for many months (possible years) and used off the shelf for the manufacture of fine chemicals etc.

Coordinator

C-TECH INNOVATION LTD

Address

Capenhurst Technology Park
Chester

United Kingdom

Participants (9)

ALKOMOHR BIOTECH OY LTD

Finland

CLEA TECHNOLOGIES BV

Netherlands

DI DR. ANDREAS PAAR KEG

Austria

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

KYLOLAB S.L.

Spain

MACROSYNTH LTD

United Kingdom

NAMOS GMBH

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32628

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 061 010

  • EU contribution

    € 1 359 794

Coordinated by:

C-TECH INNOVATION LTD

United Kingdom