Innovation: Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil

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biotechnology, pollution, water resources and management, agricultural biotechnology, environmental protection
MINOTAURUS will deliver innovative bio-processes (bioaugmentation, enzyme technology, rhizoremediation with halophytes, and bioelectrochemical remediation), which are all based on the concept of IMMOBILIZATION OF BIOCATALYSTS (microorganisms and enzymes), to eliminate emerging and classic organic pollutants.

The immobilization-based technologies will be applied to engineered (ex-situ) and natural systems (in situ) for the bioremediation of groundwater, wastewater, and soil.

The selection and adaptation of modern physico-chemical, biological, and ecotoxicological monitoring tools combined to a rational understanding of engineering and enzymology/microbial physiology aspects is a pertinent approach to open the black-box of the our technologies. The reliable process-monitoring will constitute a solid basis to develop and refine our biodegradation kinetics models, which will be the mean to improve the predictability of performances to be achieved with our technologies.

A key strength of MINOTAURUS is the possibility of direct implementation of our technologies at five EU reference sites that are confronted with pollutants (two technologies will be tested on-site during the first year). We will deliver not only a set of tools, techniques and processes which will enhance the ability of our communities to respond to the challenges of organic pollutants but also frameworks for structuring and making evidence-based decisions for the most sustainable and appropriate bioremediation measures.

MINOTAURUS consortium consists of fifteen partners from eight European and Europe-associated countries. Eight research & education institutions, five SMEs covering the whole chain of our bioremediation approaches (production/monitoring of biocatalysts, bioremediation, and engineering), one large end-user installing wastewater treatment plants, and one environmental agency will work together with the support of an advisory board mainly consisting of environmental decision-makers

PROJECT GOALS:

Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil
Pursuing the concept of immobilisation of biocatalysts MINOTAURUS will make use of both groundbreaking new biocatalysts and well established, tried and proven ones. The proposed technologies apply to both engineered (ex-situ) and natural (in situ) systems for the bioremediation of groundwater, wastewater and soil. The technologies aim at the improved control and enhancement of degradation reactions by immobilized biocatalysts i.e. microorganisms (WP1 and WP3) and enzymes (WP2). Among these seven technologies, five are reactor-based technologies (ex situ) and two are in-situ-based biotechnologies.

MINOTAURUS aims at improving the effectiveness of depollution and water treatment technologies through precise and reliable biotechnological processes.

It will enhance predictability of process performance and develop advanced, efficient and socio-economically acceptable technological solutions by intensifying degradation processes through immobilisation of biocatalysts.
The MINOTAURUS project will deliver an innovative set of novel environmental biotechnologies, which are all based on the concept of IMMOBILIZATION OF BIOCATALYSTS, in order to eliminate emerging as well as classic organic pollutants.

The proposed technologies apply to both engineered (ex-situ) and natural (in situ) systems for the bioremediation of groundwater, wastewater and soil. The technologies aim at the improved control and enhancement of degradation reactions by immobilized biocatalysts i.e. microorganisms and enzymes

A key strength of MINOTAURUS is the possibility of direct implementation of all provided technologies with support of the five SMEs at five reference sites.

Next to tools, techniques and processes MINOTAURUS will deliver frameworks for structuring and making evidence-based decisions for the most sustainable and appropriate bioremediation measures.
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Microorganism And Enzyme Immobilization: Novel Techniques And Approaches For Upgraded Remediation Of Underground-, Wastewater And Soil

Acronym: 
MINOTAURUS

Runtime: 
01.01.2011 to 31.12.2013

Status: 
completed project

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FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

(Switzerland)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Prof. WINTGENS Thomas

Website: http://www.fhnw.ch

Phone: +41-61 467 44 59

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

(Italy)

Contact person: Dr. MEULENBERG Wilhelm A.

Website: http://www.unibo.it

Phone: +49 2461616323

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AQUAFIN N.V.

(Belgium)

Contact person: Ms. DE GUELDRE Greet

Phone: +32-34504921

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

(Italy)

Contact person: Dr. AULENTA Federico

Website: http://www.cnr.it

Phone: +39-0690672751

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CREATIVE RESEARCH SOLUTIONS BVBA

(Belgium)

Contact person: Dr. ONDERWATER Robertus

Phone: +32-26875662

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HEFER SYSTEMS & CONTROLS LTD.

(Israel)

Contact person: Mr. ANSHER Ofer

Website: http://www.hefer.co.il

Phone: +972-98995069

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

(Germany)

Contact person: Ms. SCHMIDT Annette

Website: http://www.ufz.de

Phone: +49-3412351663

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MADEP SA

(Switzerland)

Contact person: Dr. BEFFA Trello

Website: http://www.madep-sa.com

Phone: +41-328464551

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TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

(Greece)

Contact person: Ms. VAIDAKI Argyro

Phone: +30-2821037033

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UMWELTBUNDESAMT GMBH

(Austria)

Contact person: Mr. MUELLER Dietmar

Website: http://www.umweltbundesamt.at

Phone: +43-1-31304-5913

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

(Italy)

Contact person: Dr. MURDOCCA Cinzia

Website: http://www.uniroma1.it

Phone: +39-0649693261

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UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

(Belgium)

Contact person: Prof. AGATHOS Spyridon

Website: http://www.uclouvain.be

Phone: +32-10473644

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VERMICON AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

(Germany)

Contact person: Dr. SNAIDR Jiri

Website: http://www.vermicon.com

Phone: +49-89158820

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VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

(Belgium)

Contact person: Dr. BASTIAENS Leen

Website: http://www.vito.be

Phone: +32 14 33 51 79

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VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE

(Czech Republic)

Contact person: Ms. MITTNEROVA Anna

Website: http://www.vscht.cz

Phone: +420-220443675

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WETLANDS INCUBATOR SPRL

(Belgium)

Contact person: Mr. BOLS Christian Marie

Phone: +32-491527296

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