The OXYPOL Project

OXYPOL is a €2.4million pan-European endeavour integrating complementary scientific excellence and market driven R&D competence of the seven academic, institutional and commercial project partners, aiming at making an impact on the biocatalysis-based bio-plastics production, with positive implications for the European bio-economy.  The project is funded by the European Commission through the European Research Area in Industrial Biotechnology Initiative that links academia and industry from across Europe to address global challenges

The project will develop bio-plastic from lignin-based building blocks to replace similar products produced by the petro-chemical industry, that will have positive effects on the environment by reducing CO2 and toxic chemical emissions.

These days, the bio-based plastics market is in rapid growth, and bio-based plastic products will more and more replace petroleum-based plastic products, leading to reduced CO2 emissions and therewith a positive environmental impact.

           

The use of biocatalysts (enzymes) in the bio-plastics production value chain has the potential to add largely to this positive impact as it may substitute toxic chemical catalysts in processes using to produce polymers from bio-based feedstock. Lignin is the largest available source of aromatic building blocks for bio-based aromatic derivatives, and its abundance makes it a highly interesting potential source for novel aromatic chemicals and polymer precursors that may be polymerized by chemical and biocatalysts.

Read more about this innovative and exciting three year research project.