ERA-NOEL - Novel Enzyme Tools For Production of Functional Oleochemicals from Unsaturated Lipids


The objective of the project is to develop enzyme-aided technologies for the upgrading of low cost unsaturated fatty acids to functional oleochemicals to be used as coatings, adhesives, lubricants, plasticizers and natural plastics. A multidisciplinary approach is taken in the project by combining biotechnical expertise to chemical engineering and polymer technology. In addition, new advanced analytical methodologies will be implemented in the project for analyzing the characteristics of the chemicals produced.

The specific objectives of the project are to discover and produce novel enzymes being able to modify unsaturated fatty acids to reactive intermediates and to further convert these enzymatically obtained intermediates to oleochemicals. Finally the technical and economical feasibility of the developed oleochemical processes and products will be evaluated. The development of new, modern, environmentally friendly technologies to utilize abundant sources of lipids in novel product applications has very high business potential. The project will significantly enlarge the raw material base of the European oleochemical industry.
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Main Local Researcher

Armando Jorge Domingues Silvestre


VTT Technical Research Centre


Wageningen University – The Netherlands; Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung; Forschung e.V. – Germany; University of Aveiro – Portugal; University of Aarhus - Denmark; AB Enzymes GmbH – Germany



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