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  • Project Description

    REFINE: REnewable FunctIoNal matErial. REFINE will develop sustainable, green routes to functional materials for various polymer/plastic applications to lower the reliance of petrochemical products. An integrated approach of combining green raw materials, green synthesis (biotechnology) and green processing is applied. Except for lipase and cutinase enzymes, REFINE focusses on designing and optimising new enzymes to synthesise and modify polymers through biotechnology. Furthermore, green reaction solvents such as supercritical CO2 and ionic liquids are investigated as polymerisation and processing media in addition to green polymer additives.

    Poroject Lead: Dublin City University

  • Geographical Information

    Region: Europe

    Country: Ireland

    City/Town: Dublin

  • Project Boundaries

    Timeline Start - End: 2012-01-01 - 2015-12-31

    Project Status: Completed

    Project Budget: 4139304.99 €

    Funding source: EU (FP7-People)

  • Technological Information


    - Research (CCU)

    - Life cycle assessment (LCA)

    - CCU

    CO2 Source: N.A.

    CCU Tecnology Category: Utilization

    Info On Utilization:

    - Polymerization

    - Biological conversion

    Facility stage: Project Completed

  • Technological Details

    CO2 capture/Utilization:

    Production Volume:

  • Product Information

    Product Categories:

    - Polymers

    Specific Product(s): Polymers, plastics

  • Partners

    - Kungliga Tekniska hoekskolan

    - EPEA-Internationale Umweltforschung gmbh

    - Technische Universitaet Graz

    - The University of Nottingham

    - Universitaet fuel bodenkultur Wien

    - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

    - Sprin SPA

    - Eidgenoessische Materialpruefungs- und forschungsanstalt

    - DSM Ahead BV

    - Croda International Plc.

    - Dublin City University