in-built Triggered Enzymes to Recycle Multi-layers: an INnovation for USes in plastic-packaging


TERMINUS addresses the challenge of unlocking recycling and reuse of flexible multi-layer and multi-compounds packaging materials used for food, beverages, cosmetics, pet food, fertilisers, any perishable goods in general. It will develop a range of smart enzyme-containing polymers with triggered intrinsic self-biodegradation properties, acting as adhesives or tie layers in the design and manufacturing of multi-layer plastics for food and non-food applications. The technology will be applied to biodegradable PUR-based adhesives for adhesive lamination and extrusion coating lamination, and polymers and tie layers (PBS, PLA, PPC or PCL) in blown extrusion. TERMINUS will base its innovative and challenging objectives on a cross-disciplinary team of renowned organizations with expertise in enzymatic biodegradation of polymers, thermal protection of enzymes using nm organosilica and layered double hydroxide, cyclodextrins, UV and water triggered enzymatic activity, formulation of advanced polymers, manufacturing of multilayer plastic packaging, plastics recycling. TERMINUS is based on TRL3 technologies and will reach TRL5. It will result in major market opportunities for European industrials in several well established markets ready for market opportunities: plastic packaging (TPPS, STTP), industrial enzyme applications (BIOPOX), PUR adhesives (COVESTRO), biodegradable plastics (IPC), biotech plants (OWS), mechanical recycling (SIGMA). At least 15% of improvement of economic efficiency vs. current solutions (landfilling, incineration) are expected. A reduction of landfilling for multi-layer plastic packaging over 80% together with a reduction of overall plastic landfilling by 55% will be achieved with a minimum decrease by 65% of the overall CO2 footprint. TERMINUS will be a breakthrough in reaching the 2030 European Commission objective to recycle 100% plastic packaging.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Laura Sisti

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

Clermont Auvergne INP(France)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Covestro Deutschland Ag (Germany)
Valstybinis Moksliniu Tyrimu Institutas Fiziniu Ir Technologijos Mokslu Centras-Center For Physical Sciences And Technology (Lithuania)
Association Europeenne Des Recycleurs De Plastiques (Belgium)
Benkei (France)
Fachhocschule Nordwestschweiz (Switzerland)
Organic Waste Systems Nv (Belgium)
Centre Techinique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites (France)
Biopox Srl (Italy)
Norner As (Norway)
Sttp Emballage Sas (France)
Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions Ab (Sweden)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.737.013,75
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/01/2019
End Date: 31/12/2022

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814400 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814400