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We put our experience in research in the scope
of business to solve problems that require
the dedication and expertise that we can provide.
The food industry in Europe produces about 230 million t/year of waste and by-products. APRIBA is designed to develop processes and methodologies focused on the transformation of by-products and wastes from various sources into added value products. We contribute to the development of a low carbon economy using a cascade approach. Commercial products such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, glycogen or biogas, and new compounds that can be used as antimicrobials, fuel additives, eutectic solvents, polymers and in thermal energy storage materials will be prepared using various components of the biomass.
Biotechnology will be one of the crosscutting technologies used in the project. The hydrolysis of proteins and chitin will be performed using biocatalysts, which will lead to peptides and amino sugars. Biocatalysts will also be used to separate fatty acids with different degrees of saturation, to prepare pure glycogen and to synthesize sugar esters. The economic feasibility of the new proposed approaches will also be studied in the framework of the project.
The project is committed to being an actor in the Bio-economy, which aims to carry out a sustainable development through:
a) Adding value to wastes from the agro-food industry
b) The contribution to a transition into an economy and society involved in the use of low carbon footprint products.
c) The contribution to slow down climate change.
The aim of the project is the application of new chemical and biotechnological processes to fruit wastes, to provide them with added value by obtaining new compounds to be used in tanning, as an alternative to current tanning products as glutaraldehyde. The preparation of new tanning agents from easily accessible wastes will reduce the carbon footprint and pollution generated by the use of chromium salts. In addition, these new tanning agents should improve the properties of the skin once tanned.
Marta Dolcet, Merce Torres, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. BIOCATALYSIS AND BIOTRANSFORMATION, 2018, 36, 1, 78–88.
Anna Canela-Xandri, Mercè Balcells, Gemma Villorbina, Miguel Ángel Cubero, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. BIOCATALYSIS AND BIOTRANSFORMATION. 2018, 36, 2, 172–179.
Marc Escriba, Camila Barreneche, Edinson Yara-Varón, Jordi Eras, Aran Solé, Albert Tomas, Luisa F. Cabeza, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Renewable Energy 114 (2017) 629-637.
Pau Gallart-Sirvent, Marc Martín, Aran Solé, Gemma Villorbina, Mercè Balcells,
Luisa F. Cabeza, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Molecular Catalysis 444 (2018) 76–83
Alexis Marsol-Vall, Mercè Balcells, Jordi Eras, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Journal of Chromatography A 2017, 1495, 12-21
Alexis Marsol-Vall, Mercè Balcells, Jordi Eras, Ramon Canela-Garayoa. Food Chemistry 2018, 239, 119–125