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Turkish start-up specialized in research on biosurfactants is looking for partners to submit proposal to IraSME


Profile Type
Research & Development Request
POD Reference
Term of Validity
7 December 2023 - 6 December 2024
Company's Country
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement
Targeted Countries
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General information

Short Summary
The company is a Turkish greentech company that is dedicated to adapting academic knowledge to environmentally friendly, innovative, sustainable solutions for industry. The initiative, established on the basis of biotechnological product production, produces new generation biological products from sustainable sources, enables the creation of alternative raw materials by evaluating industrial wastes, and progresses by combining solutions from nature on the basis of green chemistry principles.
Full Description
Microbial biosurfactant is a sustainable biological surfactant produced from renewable resources with the fermentation technology in the new generation green surfactants group.
It has been developed as a biological green alternative to conventional synthetic surfactants and works on a similar principle.
The crude microbial biosurfactant has been tested in leather degreasing and soaking process as pilot scale and according to the results of PoC , biosurfactant has additional property as antimicrobial effect
Due to the properties of microbial biosurfactant, the company wants to enhance the usage area (cosmetology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, cleaning agents etc.) of the product by;
* Determining the best suitable methodology for separation and purification steps,
* Optimizing the process from lab scale to demonstration scale.

Regarding the roles defined below Turkish client is looking for a consortium to submit proposal to IraSME 33rd call.
Advantages and Innovations
Microbial biosurfactant has the technology readiness level 7 and has a great potential in numerous applications due to having advantages such as low toxicity, production from sustainable raw materials, high biodegradability, environmental-friendly, diversity due to chemical structure and property and durability to extreme process conditions. These superiorities of microbial biosurfactants provide advantages to industries, which are closely monitored in terms of their polluting capacity, utilize great amounts of chemical surfactants.

Other Specific advantages are;

-100% natural, biodegradable product.
-Environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
-Produced using sustainable resources.
Stage of Development
Under development
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 13: Climate ActionGoal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Partner Sought

Expected Role of a Partner
Expected role of the partners might be following;

-Providing methodology for purification and separation of the final product
-Providing expertise in technical/experimental development of the final product
-Coordinator role is also required
Type and Size of Partner
SME 50 - 249SME 11-49R&D Institution
Type of partnership
Research and development cooperation agreement

Call details

Framework program
Call title and identifier
Coordinator required
Deadline for EoI
Deadline of the call
IPR description
The product is tested in leather degreasing and soaking process in pilot scale.

Some key feautures are;

Appearance: Light Amber Liquid
pH: 6.7
Typical Properties
Composition: Biosurfactant, rhamnolipid
Odor: Characteristic
Surface tension (mN/m): 30
Emulsification degree (E24, %): 50
Oil displacement result (Zone, cm): 7 [This corresponds 17,4 g/L biosurfactant production.]
Denaturation temperature: 135oC
Melting point: 315oC

Turkish client is looking for a consortium to submit proposal to IraSME 33rd call.
Web link to the call


Technology keywords
06006001 - Biobased Materials06002001 - Biochemistry / Biophysics06006012 - Bioprocesses06006005 - Biobased high-performance materials
Market keywords
04005 - Biochemistry / Biophysics
Targeted countries