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Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil

Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil

Objective

MINOTAURUS will deliver innovative bio-processes (bioaugmentation, enzyme technology, rhizoremediation with halophytes, and bioelectrochemical remediation), which are all based on the concept of IMMOBILIZATION OF BIOCATALYSTS (microorganisms and enzymes), to eliminate emerging and classic organic pollutants. The immobilization-based technologies will be applied to engineered (ex-situ) and natural systems (in situ) for the bioremediation of groundwater, wastewater, and soil. The selection and adaptation of modern physico-chemical, biological, and ecotoxicological monitoring tools combined to a rational understanding of engineering and enzymology/microbial physiology aspects is a pertinent approach to open the black-box of the our technologies. The reliable process-monitoring will constitute a solid basis to develop and refine our biodegradation kinetics models, which will be the mean to improve the predictability of performances to be achieved with our technologies. A key strength of MINOTAURUS is the possibility of direct implementation of our technologies at five EU reference sites that are confronted with pollutants (two technologies will be tested on-site during the first year). We will deliver not only a set of tools, techniques and processes which will enhance the ability of our communities to respond to the challenges of organic pollutants but also frameworks for structuring and making evidence-based decisions for the most sustainable and appropriate bioremediation measures. MINOTAURUS consortium consists of fifteen partners from eight European and Europe-associated countries. Eight research & education institutions, five SMEs covering the whole chain of our bioremediation approaches (production/monitoring of biocatalysts, bioremediation, and engineering), one large end-user installing wastewater treatment plants, and one environmental agency will work together with the support of an advisory board mainly consisting of environmental decision-makers
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Coordinator

FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

Address

Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 494 137

Administrative Contact

Thomas Wintgens (Prof.)

Participants (15)

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 279 477

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 267 600

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 261 426

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 231 194

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 197 450,50

WETLANDS INCUBATOR SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 46 128

VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 152 900

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 400 993

HEFER SYSTEMS & CONTROLS LTD.

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 216 250

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 8 400

VERMICON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 125 305

MADEP SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 162 000

CREATIVE RESEARCH SOLUTIONS BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 74 970

AQUAFIN N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 35 780

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 099,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265946

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 914 682,10

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 110

Coordinated by:

FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

Switzerland