Controlled degradation of lignin into building blocks and the synthesis of novel bio-based polymers therefrom
Project duration: 2015–2018
Norner participates in the OXYPOL project, a €2.4million pan-European endeavour integrating complementaryscientific 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(ERA-IB) that links academiaand 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.
Project title: Optimized laccase systems for high-value bio-plastics production from biomass
Project Duration: 2015–2018 (3 years)
Project owner: Sintef
Programme: ERA-IB 5th Joint call, Grant no 14071
Fundación CIDETEC (Spain)
Universidad de Oviede (Spain)
Aberystwyth University (United Kingdom)
University of Groningen (the Netherlands)
Autodisplay Biotech GmbH (Germany)
Norner Research (Norway)
SCG Packaging (Thailand)
The bio-based plastics market is in rapid growth and new raw materials for polymer production are being sought after. Lignin is the largest available source of aromatic building blocks for bio-based aromatic derivatives, and its abundance, e.g. from the pulp and paper industry, makes it a highly interesting potential source for novel aromatic chemicals and polymer precursors that may be polymerized by chemical and biocatalysts. The OXYPOL project addresses the bio-based plastics value chain using biocatalysis for the degradation of lignin into aromatic building blocks and the subsequent controlled polymerization of these aromatic precursors into bio-based polymers. Together with seven partners from
OXYPOL is a pan-European endeavour integrating complementary scientific excellence and market driven R&D competence of the totally 8 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. In particular, OXYPOL will enable more efficient, scalable, safer and more environmentally friendly bio-plastics manufacturing processes by targeting optimized, specific and cost-efficient biocatalysis both for precursor production and subsequent polymerization.