AppliSurf

August 2018 - July 2020

Screening the application potential of a yeast-based biosurfactant portfolio. In AppliSurf a combination of genetic modification, fermentation development/optimization and green chemistry will be applied to enable commercial production at acceptable cost of an innovative and broad portfolio of biosurfactant structures.

Marisurf

September 2015 - August 2020

The MARISURF project will use marine bacterial strains to produce new SAs. To ensure the newly discovered SAs satisfy their requirements and demands, MARISURF will place the industrial end-users in a leading role in guiding the search for new SAs.

CarboSurf

August 2015 - July 2018

The CARBOSURF project aims to develop new biobased processes as well as products and solves bottlenecks in the fermentative production of biobased biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates. Specifically, it targets different glycolipid biosurfactants with a wide range of application fields and specialty carbohydrates, i.e. complex Human Milk Oligosaccharides that find applications as neutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients. The project is coordinated by Prof. Soetaert from Ghent University (Belgium).

IB2Market

December 2013 - March 2016

IB2Market aims to bring industrial biotechnology from the research lab to the market and to solve the bottle-necks in industrialization. The project covers process development, scale up, market exploration and the drafting of a valorization plan to support a successful market introduction.

Biosurfing

October 2011 - September 2015

This project aims to create new-to-nature and tailor-made biosurfactants through metabolic engineering of the unconventional yeast Starmerella bombicola.
Surfactants or surface active agents are applied in a wide range of industries and products e.g. cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, agriculture, oil recovery, paper industry. Surfactants are produced in large amounts of which the majority is used in households for laundry and cleaning. This results in large volumes of waste water ending up in the environment.