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Consortium develops new portfolio of biosurfactants - AppliSurf starts on August 1st!

Consortium develops new portfolio of biosurfactants - AppliSurf starts on August 1st!

In the AppliSurf project, the further development and optimization of an innovative and extensive molecular biosurfactant portfolio is foreseen. A combination of genetic modification, fermentation development/optimization and green chemistry will be applied, to enable commercial production at acceptable cost of a portfolio of structures. The unique properties of these ‘new-to-market’ biosurfactants will be identified by high throughput screening for industrially relevant properties (foaming, emulsification, wetting, gelling, antimicrobial properties, etc.). Structure-function modeling of this family of compounds will enable the prediction of the properties of compounds not included in the screen. The latter will maximize the output of the project, also after the projects’ end. Scale up of the optimized production processes with optimized strains will generate samples for in house evaluation by the interested industrial members of the user group.

To foster input and feedback from the industry, the project partners are looking for companies that wish to be involved in the user group of this VIS project. During the VIS project execution, companies may contribute as member of the advisory committee in a passive way i.e. the user group will be first informed about the research results on property characterization and modelling of at the innovative biosurfactant portfolio. In addition, they may be more actively involved and receive samples of the most promising compounds for their market/applications for in house evaluation against a fee. The advisory committee is open to all interested companies, including companies established outside the Flemish region.

The partners in this project are: Ghent University (InBio.be, SynBioc and Honeybee Valley), Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, FLAMAC, Thomas More (Radius)
The project will be coordinated by Flanders Biobased Valley.
If you want more information, please contact Sophie Roelants: Sophie.Roelants@ugent.be