BIOCLEAN – BIOfilm management and CLEANing by leveraging fundamental understanding of biological, chemical and physical combined approaches

 

BIOCLEAN addresses the urgent need to create a sustainable training network across academia, industry and the healthcare sector which will fill the gap in Europe and beyond to produce highly skilled multi‑disciplinary young scientists competent in chemistry, engineering and experimental wet lab biology.

BIOCLEAN will deliver this network of young scientists who can apply their proven skill sets gained during the project life time to solve industrial and healthcare sector real life biofilm management challenges.

BioClean.
BioClean.

BIOCLEAN is a Horizon 2020 Marie Curie funded project worth € 3.9 MM led by P&G, in partnership with 10 universities and 15 Ph.D. students. BIOCLEAN aims to develop mechanistic understanding into achieving deep down and long lasting clean surfaces via surface modification and photocatalytic approaches. In parallel, research is also being carried out to develop novel naturally derived polymers technologies for malodour control and polymer brushes for soil repellence. The project is also working on developing cutting edge visualization techniques such as 4D Micro CT, MRI, SAXS  and surface measurement techniques such a Micromanipulation for studying impact of surface and bulk chemistry on adhesive and cohesive forces in biofilms. Learnings from this research project will feed into various industrial applications.

Lukas Kriem, the early stage researcher who is recruited by Fraunhofer IGB, focusses in his work on the development of in‑vitro oral biofilm models for screening surface modification and other oral care technologies.

Project information

Project title

BIOCLEAN – BIOfilm management and CLEANing by leveraging fundamental understanding of biological, chemical and physical combined approaches

 

Project duration

October 2016September 2020

 

Project partners

  • Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Limited, United Kingdom (Coordination)
  • Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom
  • The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • University of Bristol Royal Charter, United Kingdom
  • Katholike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase, Italy
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Germany
  • Procter & Gamble Services Company NV, Belgium
  • Procter & Gamble Services Company GmbH, Germany
  • AkzoNobel, United Kingdom
  • Itram, Spain

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 722871.