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BIO-MIMETIC Innovative project

Within the FP7 PEOPLE project (Blue4Glue), Fraunhofer Institute (IFAM) and Procter and Gamble discovered a (PPO based) enzymatic process used by marine-organisms, which “produce” polymers in a much simpler way (less process steps) than industry does in classical chemistry.

Is it possible to increase the sustainability of industrial processes while maintaining or increasing the competitiveness of enterprises?

Aim and research partners

BIO-MIMETIC aims to transfer this new scientific knowledge into a blueprint for a novel (pre-)industrial enzymatic-based bio-polymerization process. It involves research partners (IFAM and UNITOV) with experience in enzymatic transformation and bio-based synthetic polymers, as well as expert SMEs such as Dyadic (enzymes), CIMV (biomass transformation into bio-chemistry) and CULGI (computational modeling of bio-chemical processes) to develop the process that firstly transforms biomass (lignin) into new bio-based polymers (pseudo peptides). These were used to create respectively:

  1. Bioconjugated copolymers, that will be tested in detergents (by P&G)
  2. Bio-cross-linked adhesive gels, to be experimented in antiageing cosmetics and in bio-textiles preparation (by an SME cosmetic producer MAVI).



BIO-MIMETIC objectives

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  1. Design and develop a blueprint for an industrial enzymatic process for the production of biobased polymers, mimicking the processes discovered in marine animals and insects. This will consist of novel processes for the transformation of biomass feedstock and bio-catalytic routes via enzymes, to create polyphenolic polymers as water-resistant adhesives.
  2. Develop and validate the performance of bio-mimicked phenolic polymers for application in household products (detergents), new bio-based cosmetics (such as emulsions for beauty care use and textiles, meeting established quality and cost parameters.
  3. Quantify the environmental benefits and economic prospects (using LCA and LCC) of the intermediate (bio-processes) and final (bio-based products) results, taking into account the whole value chain from biomass transformation towards integration into end-user products, and making these data available for SMEs in the wider bio-based product market through an SME oriented LCA tool (cCALC).
  4. Develop a business plan for each of the value-chain partners, based on demonstrated benefits, and taking into account the wider application potential for the bio-based polymers. As such, BIO-MIMETIC exactly meets the ECO-INNOVATION Call objectives, as it aims to develop and validate a ?new generation of technologies which, designed through methodologies of sustainability assessment, maximise eco-efficiency and - mimicking nature – reduce the pressure on resources?.


Environmental benefits

Potential environmental benefits are over 124 kton/yr less toxic solvents to produce chemicals, over 1 Billion kWh of energy savings (room temperature process) and a drastically reduced CO2 footprint i.e. replace 8000 Mtons of petrochemical based deposition aides and in the future substitute a large amount of phenol and phenolic derivatives, which are used to produce chemical intermediates for a myriad of applications.

PNO Participation

Patrizia Circelli

Patrizia Circelli
For further information about BIO-MIMETIC, please contact Patrizia Circelli. 


More information

Find out more about BIO-MIMETIC Visit the BIO-MIMETIC website.

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