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Novel polymeric materials from microalgae

The project ALPO is an INTERREG project that results from the trans-borders cooperation between the French and Belgian regions Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est and Wallonia. Microalgal biomass has recently become increasingly significant as an alternative source of added-value molecules. Moreover, the extraction of these microalgae is highly strategic. This new sector is expected to contribute to the economic development of the SMEs and larger companies from these regions. Examples of these high-value products are pigments, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants, with applications in cosmetics, nutritional and pharmaceuticals industries. To promote the sustainability of this process, an innovative microalgae biorefinery structure must be implemented through novel technologies of extraction and purification of added-value products. Few of these, such as lipids and carbohydrates, can be used as raw products for new polymeric materials.

The objective of this project is to extract and purify the maximum of added-value products, with a highlight in lipids and carbohydrates, by coupling several strategies (chemical, physical and enzymatic) and technologies (microwave, membrane, centrifuge partition chromatography and supercritical fluid extraction).

Coordinator University of Mons
Partners AgroParisTech Innovation (Florent Allais), KU Leuven (BEL), Ghent University (BEL), AgroParisTech (FR), University of Lille (FR), University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (FR)
Project durationt 4 years (from 01/10/2016 to 30/09/2020)

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