nova-Institute is a partner in various research projects within the field of bio-based chemistry, materials and biotechnology. Learn more about our activities!

Our projects

Horizon2020 – MAGIC – Marginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity

This 4-year project aims at promoting the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands, considering that industrial crops can prov… more

Model-Based Construction And Optimisation Of Versatile Chassis Yeast Strains For Production Of Valuable Lipid And Aromatic Compounds (CHASSY)

This will be achieved by integrating the knowledge gained from systems biology with the engineering tools of synthetic biology to redesign metabolic pathways in the target yeast species. These redesig… more

Horizon2020 – MARISURF – Novel, Sustainable Marine Bio-Surfactant

The objectives of MARISURF are to develop (1) innovative approaches in discovering, characterizing and producing novel marine-derived bio-surfactants, (2) to develop novel, economic, and eco-friendly… more

Horizon2020 – ZELCOR – Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation

Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion via termites, within a biorefinery integrated approach. The project is conceived to avoid waste prod… more

Horizon2020 – BBI-JTI 2016 – ReSolve – REnewable SOLVEnts with high performance in application and improved toxicity profile

The primary aim of ReSolve is to replace the hazardous solvents toluene and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) with safe alternatives derived from non-food carbohydrates. Starting from promising bio-based p… more

HORIZON2020 – STAR4BBI – STAndards and Regulations FOR the Bio-Based Industry

The main objective of the STAR4BBI project is promoting a level playing field for bio-based products by contributing to the establishment of a coherent, well-coordinated and favourable regulatory / st… more

Horizon2020 – COSMOS – Camelina & crambe Oil crops as Sources for Medium-chain Oils for Specialty oleochemicals

The European oleochemical industry currently relies on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and on castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain… more

Horizon2020 – PULP2VALUE – Processing Underutilised Low value sugarbeet Pulp into VALUE added products

Sugar beet pulp accounts for approx. 13 million tonnes in Europe and is a major residual stream from the sugar beet industry, which is currently valorised as low value feed and/or green gas. The PULP2… more

Roadmap for the Chemical Industry in Europe towards a Bioeconomy (RoadToBio)

RoadToBio will deliver a roadmap that will specify the benefits for the chemical industry along the path towards a bioeconomy to meet the societal needs in 2030. The roadmap will contain the following… more

Horizon2020 – SUPERBIO – SUport and PartnERship for the development of multiple sustainable and market ready value chains in the BIObased Economy

SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the Horizon2020 funding program of the European Commission. The 3.8 million project is committed to build new, innovative, cross-border and cross-se… more

InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio aims to work with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and inc… more

FP7 – BIO-QED – Quod Erat Demonstrandum: Large scale demonstration for the bio-based bulk chemicals BDO and IA aiming at cost reduction and improved sustainability

Opening new industrial routes for the production of important chemicals from renewable sources rather than traditional petrochemical sources: this, in summary, is the aim of the BIO-QED project, finan… more

FP7 – MIRACLES – Multi-product Integrated bioRefinery of Algae: from Carbon dioxide and Light Energy to high-value Specialities

MIRACLES is an industry-driven R&D and innovation project aimed at developing integrated, multiple-product biorefinery technologies for the production of specialties from microalgae for applicatio… more

FP7 – MultiHemp – Multipurpose hemp for industrial bioproducts and biomass

The project, which is led by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, is scheduled from 1 September 2012 to 28 February 2017. Its kick-off was held from 15-17 October 2012 in Piacenza. The nova-Insti… more

Erstellung von Handlungsempfehlungen für die Durchführung und Inwertsetzung von Ökobilanzen für die stoffliche Nutzung von Biomasse – ÖkoStoff

Zur Quantifizierung der ökologischen Vorteile mit Hilfe der Ökobilanzierung von Bioenergie (Strom und Wärme) und Biokraftstoffen gibt es feste und in der Politik sowie in der Öffentlichkeit akzeptiert… more

Resource efficiency by cascading use of biomass

Biomass is a natural resource of particular importance. Its primary production is bound on land use and lies in conflict with a variety of potential problems, such as the competition with food and fod… more

FP7 – Open-Bio – Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement

Application of standards, certification schemes and labels are expected to have a positive effect on the development of the European bio-based product market. Good product information that presents co… more

FP7 – BIO-TIC – The Industrial Biotech Research and Innovation Platforms Centre

Although the industrial biotechnology is considered a promising new technology, its exploitation is hampered by many hurdles. The EU project BIO-TIC aims to identify these hurdles and formulate an act… more