400 million tons of plastics are being produced per year. The majority of it is not recycled, but burned, processed into low-grade plastics or ends up in the environment, where it can take centuries to degrade, accumulate in the food chain and poses an immense concern.
To address these issues, standardized and rapid enzyme based tests for the investigation of (bio)polymer biodegradability, and enzymes for the fully natural degradation of different plastics such as PET, PU, etc. were developed. These allow for novel recycling approaches, as well as novel solutions for microplastic in wastewater treatment facilities.
The technology developed has the following features:
Potential applications include but not limited to:
The world production of plastic increases steadily with 1.5 million metric tons in 1950, 50 million tons in 1976, 100 million tons in 1989, 200 million tons in 2002, 300 million tons in 2013 and more than 350 million tons in 2018. As public opinion is turning against plastic waste, there is a high need of environmentally friendly solutions.
The client seeks investors and industrial partners to develop this technology to commercial scale. Under protection of a CDA/NDA, details on sophisticated plastics degradation opportunities will be provided.
Any IP developed in a joint project would fully belong to the investor/industrial partner.