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Biodegradably encapsulated fragrance for cosmetic products and detergents

The aim of the project is to develop biodegradably encapsulated fragrance for cosmetic products and detergents. We will develop suitable fragrance, materials for the capsule, and an appropriate encapsulation technique which will be used in production of encapsulated fragrances.

The project addresses the global problem of contamination of water with microplastics. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative biodegradably encapsulated fragrance that can be used by manufacturers of various cosmetic products and detergents instead of the usual encapsulated fragrances that are not biodegradable in nature. The biodegradability of our product will significantly contribute to solving the problem of environmental pollution with microplastics. Experts estimate that between 80 and 219 thousand tons of microplastics are flushed each year in the European seas, of which a large part comes from various products for personal care and cleaning products. National governments are gradually adopting legislation that will require producers to reduce or completely abandon the use of microplastics. At the beginning of this year, France and England have already adopted regulations banning the sale of personal care products containing microplastics. We can expect that other countries will follow them soon. Our project solution will allow manufacturers of cosmetic products and detergents to adjust their final products, thereby reducing environmental pollution and slowing the deterioration of the biological state of the world, allowing both project partners to gain an important role in developing innovative solutions for industry. The objectives of the project are: • to determine a set of potentially appropriate combinations of the properties of the capsule and fragrance material, which will allow the gradual elimination of the fragrance and then the decomposition of the membrane in the natural environment; • to develop appropriate material for encapsulation, which, when contacted with the fragnance, responds appropriately and maintains stability until the end of the use of the fragrance; • to check the suitability of various microencapsulation technologies and to determine the most appropriate ones; • to confirm the biodegradability of the polymer for the capsule after use / flushing in the environment; • to develop an optimum microencapsulation process to achieve a) stability in the final product; and b) the suitability of the component after application to the target surface. In the first step (WP1) we will carry out research of materials and fragrances using scientific methods and determine which combinations are potentially suitable for the use in cosmetic products and detergents. WP2 consists of activities in which the development and testing of materials will be carried out which will be suitable for encapsulation. WP3 activities are aimed at developing an optimal polymerization process, introducing analytical methods for determining the properties of the polymer, testing and optimizing the synthesis of the polymer in the mass. The main part of the activities of WP4 is development of fragrance capsules. Developed fragrances capsules will be tested in the final product within the WP5. In addition to their stability, they will also be checked for the suitability after application to the target surface. The final step of the project is technology scale-up (WP6) in which the number of tests takes place. Based on the results, the corresponding final changes of the product are carried out to make it suitable for use in industry.
Acronym: 
BIOCAP
Project ID: 
13 057
Start date: 
01-01-2019
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
1 050 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Chemistry
Market Area: 
Chemical and solid material recycling

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