Europe’s Nenu2PHAr Project Tackles Ocean Plastic

Stéphane Bruzaud is a researcher at the Université Bretagne Sud, in western France. An expert in biobased and biodegradable plastics, he is leading a local research team that works with partners across Europe in the EU-funded Nenu2PHAr research project, developing new biopolymers using microscopic marine organisms.

Nenu2PHAr partners will develop an original route to produce PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) from sustainable and renewable resources: micro-algae biomass using CO₂ as the carbon source, and processed by selected bacterial strains.

PHA are a group of biopolymers recognized as attractive substitutes to fossil fuel-derived plastics in a wide range of applications. They are renewable, biodegradable and bio-based polyesters.

Nenu2PHAr brings together teams from 16 partners across seven European countries. The project is being carried out over 42 months, from September 2020 to February 2024, with an overall budget of € 6.4M. Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is funding € 5M of the total € 6.4M.

Credit: Denis Loctier, EuroNews

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