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Removal and degradation of nano and microplastics

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Eliminating waste and the problems that generate

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Solution for removing plastic from the water

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Enzymatic capture and degradation.

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Project 

BMRex, is an European project designed to develop a technology for the removal and degradation of nano- and microplastics, is launched The impact of the high global demand for plastics in the 20th century is causing major problems for the environment and our health. Currently, one third of all plastic waste generated ends up on land or in freshwater. In fact, our seas and oceans already contain millions of tonnes of plastic which, over time, disintegrate into microplastics (particles smaller than 1 millimetre in size), and these break down further into nanoplastics (particles smaller than 0.2 micrometres in size). These microplastics and the nanoparticles generated pose a great threat to life on this planet, from plants and animals to humans, as they end up entering our food chains and therefore our organisms.


Actions

A change in the so-called plastic economy is essential, which must evolve into a system that preserves the value and benefits of plastics, eliminating their waste and the problems they generate. To this end, work is being done on the use of enzymes capable of degrading micro- and nanoplastics and preventing them from escaping into the environment. However, the complexity and breadth of plastics pose a major challenge for the development of real solutions that will lead to real progress in this field.  The result will be the most efficient and scalable solution for removing plastic from the water cycle through enzymatic capture and degradation, offering a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution.



 

Funding



European Union 

This project has received funding from Pathfinder Open 2022, a European Innovation Council (EIC) work programme that is part of Horizon Europe (grant agreement no. 101099528).

Innovate UK 

This project has received funding from UK Innovation Funding Agency (UKRI) (reference no.10062709). 

The BMRex international consortium created for the development of the project has received the Pathfinder Open grant of €3,213,793.75 from the European Innovation Council (EIC) and grant of £267.683,00 from the UK Innovation Funding Agency (UKRI) to develop proposed technological approach for the efficient degradation of micro- and nanoplastics.







Team


BMRex consortium is composed of six leading research laboratories and three industrial partners: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) through INMA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and Centro de Investigación Cooperativa en Biomateriales (CIC biomaGUNE) from Spain, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Denmark), the University of Mainz (JGUM, Germany), the Swansea University (United Kingdom), Cetaqua (Spain), Repsol SA (Spain) and ASA Spezialenzyme GMBH (ASA, Germany).





Last News


X 18/04/2024 -Hi! Here's one of the many techniques that allow us to identify the polymeric composition of microplastics.

Linkedin 15/04/2024 - Today we’re participating in Exchange workshop of EU-projects on Membrane Rectors.

Linkedin 18/03/2024 - A study published in Toxicological Sciences found microplastics (#MNP) in every human placenta.

Linkedin 16/02/2024 - Meet the BMRex team here at #INMA (CSIC-UNIZAR) working on novel biocatalytic membrane concepts for MNPs pollutant removal  .

Linkedin 13/02/2024 - Today we’re sharing with you our official leaflet, so you can have an easy overview of our project.

Linkedin 01/02/2024 - The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), coordinator of BMRex project, published a Science4Policy report which analyzes MPs in environmental health and addresses strategies to reduce pollution.





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