Bizente, flagship project at Composiforum 2022

The Bizente project was one of the flagship projects presented at the 3rd edition of COMPOSIFORUM, the international forum on composite materials, organised by the Aitiip-Unizar chair. The Consortium members offered masterful speeches, approaching the project developments and industrial applicabilities to the audience, formed by  a hundred of representatives of companies related to multiple industries [...]

2022-11-18T13:10:37+01:00November 18th, 2022|

Bizente’s innovations at ESIB 2022 in Austria

  Bussy month, November, for Bizente's Consortium. Our team is moving across Europe to show the project's developments and innovations. In this case, Aitiip and Biosphere scientists made a presentation of the project research lines at ESIB 2022. Within Bizente, we are applying ligninases to resolve end-of-life issues of thermoset composite plastics. In the end, [...]

2022-11-15T12:30:03+01:00November 15th, 2022|

Bizente’s toxicity test with the earthworm Eisenia foetida: use of two polyerster resins

  As a first step for the toxicity & safety evaluation of products in BIZENTE project (WP3, Task 3.1), a toxicity test has been carried out by the University of Cadiz using Eisenia foetida. This organism is an essential earthworm in composting processes, as well as an indicator of healthy soil. The toxicity test has [...]

2022-10-31T12:03:47+01:00October 31st, 2022|

Composite materials: a reality in the aeronautical sector

Aircraft decommissioning and recycling is a multi-disciplinary process, with environmental, operational, safety, legal and economic aspects. The number of aircraft retirements has been increasing steadily over the last decades. BIZENTE presents a biocatalytic model of enzymatic degradation as a novel alternative to the end-of-life (landfill and incineration) of thermoset composite. Tarmac Aragon has begun dismantling [...]

2022-10-31T11:55:41+01:00October 31st, 2022|

How to develop enzymatic technologies for degradation

Bizente’s main goal is to develop enzymatic solutions for the end-of-life treatment of complex composite materials. EvoEnzyme is the partner in charge of the engineering of novel enzymes (ligninolytic and hydrolytic) by directed evolution to adapt them to the degradation process under industrial conditions (Fig 1.). Model scaffold molecules for four selected resins (Hexflow®RTM6, Araldine®LY1568, [...]

2022-10-31T11:56:52+01:00October 31st, 2022|

ARAID researchers learn about the power of enzymes in the industry of the future thanks to BIZENTE

  During the month of October 2022, BIZENTE held a scientific workshop with the Aragonese Foundation for Research and Development (ARAID). The main objective of the event was to present the BIZENTE project to a specialised audience such as the different principal investigators of the ARAID programme and to promote circular economy projects with a [...]

2022-10-31T08:09:02+01:00October 26th, 2022|

Chemical modifications to resins in order to ease the targeted biodegradation process

  Unlike thermoplastic for which effective recycling options do exist, thermoset composites cannot be melted because they contain, in their structure, crosslinked polymer networks based on irreversible chemical bonds. Therefore, currently most of the thermoset composites waste are not properly recycled and they are either incinerated or diverted to landfill. Industrial needs for high performance [...]

2022-10-17T11:14:05+01:00October 17th, 2022|

The BIZENTE worm at the European Researchers’ Night 2022

  The University of Cadiz and the BIZENTE project are taking part in the European Researchers' Night 2022, which was held in Cadiz on 30 September. This scientific dissemination event, which takes place in the streets and squares of 400 European cities, is focused on showing citizens the work done by scientists. The workshop, conducted [...]

2022-10-10T14:57:48+01:00October 10th, 2022|

ACCIONA studies the validation of modified resins and byproducts within Bizente project

  ACCIONA CONSTTUCTION, partner in Bizente project, is a Spanish construction company present in over 30 countries through its different divisions and with a turnover of over 3 billion euros and around 11,300 employees. ACCIONA covers the whole range of construction, from engineering to the performance of works and their later maintenance, and the management [...]

2022-09-02T09:48:09+01:00September 2nd, 2022|

The potential of lignolytic enzymes for oxidative polymer degradation.

At Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) we coordinate the work on the scientific basics of the envisioned enzymatic polymer degradation. Inspired by nature’s solutions to degrade recalcitrant lignin, the research group investigates so-called peroxygenases to degrade non-natural polymers for which nature has not developed degradation strategies (yet). Natural enzymes and human-engineered enzymes are investigated [...]

2022-07-15T10:44:56+01:00July 15th, 2022|