ENZUP: Enzymatic up-grading of wool fibres

The ENZUP project was worth 1.9 million Euros (2006-2008) and was a European Commission funded co-operative research project in the domain: Horizontal Research Activities Involving Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), under Framework Programme 6. The project objectives were to provide SME’s with novel enzymatic technology for improving the quality and performance of wool-containing products, which look to meet the needs consumers.

The key aim of the ENZUP project was to minimise cost and improve environment by using innovative processes. ENZUP will expand the novel technology from chemical modification to genetic engineering of enzymes based on previous knowledge and engineered proteases with a range of molecular sizes for different finishing processes. Another important target of the project was to develop new bio-finishes for smart performance of wool textile materials with multi-functionality.

The ENZUP Project Consortium
The ENZUP Project Consortium comprises 12 partners representing academic and industrial organisations. The project is coordinated by
Dr Jinsong Shen.of Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM) Research Group at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

De Montfort University, Textile Engineering and Materials Research Group, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK
Contact: Dr. Jinsong (Jim) Shen, Coordinator
Tel: +44-116-257550, Fax: +44-116-2577582, email: jshen@dmu.ac.uk

Tints Enrich S. L., Carretera Molins De Rei 201, 08205 Sabadell , Spain
Contact: Mr Sebastià Serra, Technical Director,
Tel: +34-93-7104291, Fax: +34-93-7205316, email: serrarof@tintsenrich.com

Color-Center, S. S. A., Ptge. Marie Curie 3, 08223 Terrassa, Spain
Contact: Mr Jaume Mir, Managing Director,
Tel: +34-670 721174, Fax: +34-93-7863434, email: jaume-mir@colorcenter.es

Lokateks, Skofja, D. O. O., Kidriceva 75, Skofja Loka, SI-4220, Slovenia
Contact: Ms Tatjana Rihtaršič
Tel : +386-4-5111164, Fax : +386-4-5111119, email: tatjana.rihtarsic@lokateks.si

Qualizyme Biotechnology, Leechgasse 55/8, 8010 Graz, Austria
Contact: Dr Andreas Paar, Managing Director,
Tel: +43-699-10362215, Fax +43-316-327194, email: office@qulizyme.com

VOF Ovis Texla, Weverstraat 38, 1791 AE Den Burg-Texel, The Netherlands
Contact: Mr Henk Broekman, Managing director,
Tel: +31-653-239846, Fax: +31-222-310441, email: texla@planet.nl

James weaker VOF, Mercuriusplein1, 5971 LW, Grubbenvorst, The Netherlands
Contact: Mr Chris M.H.G. Reutelingsperger, Managing director,
Tel: +31-77-3278000, Fax: +31-77-3278005, email: chris@james.nl

Graz University of Technology, Dept. of Environmental Biotechnology, Petersgasse 12, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Contact: Prof. Georg M. Guebitz
Tel: + 43 316 873 8312 Fax: + 43 316 873 8815, email: guebitz@tugraz.at

University of Minho, Departamento de Engenharia Têxtil, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Contact: Prof. Artur Cavaco-Paulo
Tel. +351-253-510280, Fax. +351-253-510293, email: artur@det.uminho.pt

TNO Science and Industry, Innovative Materials Dept. De Rondom 1, 5612 AP Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Contact: Dr. Herman Lenting
Tel: + 31 40 2650384, email: Herman.Lenting@tno.nl

Polytechnical University of Catalonia, Dept. d’Enginyeria Quimica, EUETIT, Colom, 1, 08222 Terrassa (Barcelona) Spain
Contact: Dr. Tzanko Tzanov
Tel. +34 93 739 87 61, Fax +34 93 739 8225, email tzanko.tzanov@upc.edu

University of Maribor, Institute of Engineering Materials and Design, Smetanova ulica 17, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Contact: Dr Vanja Kokol,
Tel: +386-2-2207896, Fax: +386-2-2207990, email: Vanja.kokol@uni-mb.si

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