High Value Chemicals by Biotechnological Modifications of Polysaccharide from Waste


The use of renewable products to produce valuable and biologically sustainable materials and to minimise waste is a major challenge for current global research and development. This project aims to use a biomass feedstock, from waste processing, employing enzyme catalysts in an aqueous environment at ambient temperatures, to produce a wide range of sustainable product ingredients. These could be used for a variety of applications in Personal Care, for example rheology modifiers, deposition aids, moisturisers and antimicrobial agents. The initial enzymatic modifications at a small scale will be carried out by Almac Group and Glyndwr University. The optimum processes will be scaled up to in excess of a 1000L by Croda. Unilever will evaluate the product ingredients developed for a variety of applications in Personal Care. The successful candidates will be commercialised by Croda and launched in products by Unilever.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Unilever U.K. Central Resources Limited, Bedford £119,420 £ 59,710


Almac Sciences Limited, CRAIGAVON £240,000 £ 120,000
Seagarden ASA
Croda Europe Limited, EAST YORKSHIRE £80,556 £ 40,253
Glyndwr University, Wrexham £190,152 £ 190,152


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