Project: Seaweeds for Novel Applications and Products

Acronym SNAP (Reference Number: 137)
Duration 01/03/2020 - 28/02/2023
Project Topic Future bio economy requires marine products to meet increased needs for food, feed, materials and products. Seaweed is an underutilized resource in Europe with a great potential to be part of the solution for a future blue-bio economy with increased value creation and industry development. The SNAP-project is product and innovation focused, where the aim is to develop novel products and applications by upgrading and modification of five different polysaccharides from selected brown and red algae. To obtain this, a consortium consisting of 2 companies, 5 universities, and 1 research institute, all with extensive infrastructure, competence and history in seaweed and marine polysaccharide research and innovations, is established. SES is a Norwegian leading seaweed aquaculture and processing company, and DuPont has extensive experience in seaweed utilization and is a major manufacturer of high-quality hydrocolloids from brown and red algae. Tallinn University (TLU) has expertise in processing, isolation and utilization of valuable compounds from a wide range of seaweeds. The Royal Institute of technology (KTH) has extended expertise in plant and seaweed polysaccharide structural elucidation and development of polysaccharide-based products, especially functional and structural biomaterials and composites. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF have worked on characterization and chemoenzymatic tailoring of seaweed-based polysaccharides for decades and University of Trieste (UNITS) have their expertise in making advanced biomaterials from marine biopolymers. University of Bremen (UB) holds expertise in discovery, characterization and use of biopolymer-modifying enzymes. The project is expected to deliver new key information regarding polysaccharide structure function relationships, highly defined chemoenzymatic functionalized oligomers and polysaccharides and novel "blue" biomaterials targeting selected markets and applications.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
The project will develop and deliver highly characterized materials based on the selected marine polysaccharides alone or in combination, and in different levels of modification and functionalization. The materials will be targeted towards selected product categories (below). The materials will be evaluated for biomedical applications including cell cultivation and regenerative medicine, in functional foods, in advanced multifunctional nanomaterials, and in cosmetics.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 SINTEF AS Coordinator Norway
2 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Partner Norway
3 Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Partner Sweden
4 Tallinn University Partner Estonia
5 Seaweed Energy Solutions AS Partner Norway
6 Dupont Nutrition Norge AS Partner Norway
7 University of Bremen Partner Germany
8 University of Trieste Partner Italy