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Innovation for Europe – life science meets market application


Microbial integration of plastics in the circular economy


Coordinator: dr. Jose I. Jimenez, Imperial College London, HES, United Kingdom

RWTH Aachen University,
HES, Germany
Universität Leipzig, HES, Germany
University of Valencia, REC, Spain


Project Abstract

MIPLACE (Microbial Integration of Plastics in the Circular Economy) is a multidisciplinary project that aims to transform difficult-to-degrade plastics into molecules of industrial interest. For this purpose, MIPLACE will engineer microbial communities to make them degrade plastic waste (PET and PU) and use it as feedstock to transform it into high value-added molecules. These resulting substances will be used to produce an easily degradable material of commercial interest: bio-PU. MIPLACE has a strong focus on sustainability, as it will deliver a novel biotechnological approach to manage the recycling of a material that would have ended up as waste otherwise.

MIPLACE is funded by the ERA CoBioTech partners: UKRI-InnovateUK, BMBF, SMWK, ANR and AEI.

Project Start: March 2020    Duration: 36 months  
Project Budget:  Total Cost: 1.694.000 Euro, Funding: 1.442.000 Euro
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Project presentation status seminar 2021

Project brochure


HES – higher education sector – university
PRC – private for profit organisation
REC – research organisation