Amicrex

Development of Microwave Assisted Cell Disruption of Biomass and Extraction of Valuable Compounds

The project aims to develop an integrated process and reactor design for future industrial implementation, where by-products from agro-industrial processes (e.g. carrot peels) can be valorized by recovering high-value non-polar components (e.g. carotenoids, well recognized natural pigments and widely used in the food and cosmetic industries) through a microwave intensified microemulsion extraction process. The AMICREX concept can be extended to address the challenges proposed by extraction of non-polar metabolites, especially carotenoids, from other renewable biomass sources (e.g. Microalgae).

Project title

Amicrex – Development of a Microwave Assisted Cell Disruption of Biomass and Extraction of Valuable Compounds

 

Project duration

May 2015 – January 2020

 

Coordinated by

  • Fraunhofer IGB

 

Project partners

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Consultant: Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Funding

The research leading to results in this project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°661198.

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