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PARTNERS

National Institute of Research and Development for Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest - Polymer Department
Project Coordinator (P1)
202, Spl. Independentei, sector 6, 060021, Bucharest
Director of the proiect
Eng. Stela Iancu
stela_iancu@yahoo.com
Partner 2 (P2)
Politechnic University of Bucharest - UPB
296, Spl. Independentei, sector 6, 060031, Bucharest
Director P2
PhD. Sorina Garea
Partner 3 (P3)
Center of Organic Chemistry “C.D. Nenitescu”
of Romanian Academy

202B, Spl. Independentei, sector 6, 060023, Bucharest
Director P3
PhD. Emeric Bartha
bimre@cco.ro
Partner 4 (P4)
Institute of Physical Chemistry “I.G. Murgulescu”
of Romanian Academy

202, Spl. Independentei, sector 6, 060021, Bucharest
Director P4
PhD. Dan-Florin Anghel
adan@icf.ro
Partner 5 (P5)
National Institute of Research and Development for Pedology, Agrochemistry and Environment Protection - ICPA
61, Bd. Marasti, sector 1, 011464, Bucharest
Director P5
PhD. Anca-Rovena Lacatusu,
anca@icpa.ro


Role and responsibilities of each partner per activity


Step / Activity / Participants

Step I:  Studies and analysis for the identification of the main principles of developing biodegradable coatings, using as raw materials PET wastes
Activity I.1:  Synthetic routes estimate for achieving biodegradable coating materials from water dispersible co-polyesters by chemical recycling of PET wastes
Partner P1:  Technical and scientific estimates regarding:
-  synthesis routes for yielding biodegradable water dispersible co-polyesters from PET wastes;
-  utilization of these co-polyesters as coating materials for fertilizers.
Partner P2:  Takes part at technical and scientific evaluations regarding synthesis routes for and characterization of biodegradable water dispersible co-polyesters from PET wastes.
Partner P4:  Technical and scientific evaluations regarding preparation of co-polyester aqueous dispersions.
Partner P5:  Study regarding microorganisms involved in polyesters biodegradation.
Activity I.2:  Designing laboratory scale models
Partner P1:  Designing laboratory scale experimental models regarding:
-  synthesis routes for biodegradable water dispersible co-polyesters yielded from PET wastes;
-  utilization of these co-polyesters as coating materials for fertilizers.
Partner P4:  Designing the experimental model for preparing some coating biodegradable materials from aqueous dispersions.
Partner P5:  Establishing the connections between autotrofic microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) and the polyesters from soil;
Designing the experimental model for testing the nitrogen release kinetics in greenhouse from coated granulated fertilizers.

Step II:  Developing and experimenting the laboratory scale technology for yielding coating biodegradable materials, generated from aqueous co-polyesters dispersions, starting from PET wastes
Activity II.1:  Developing the experimental model for preparing aqueous biodegradable polyesters dispersions, starting from PET wastes
Partner P1:  Synthesis of biodegradable co-polyesters, water-dispersible:
-  chemical structure selection in order to gain biodegradability and water affinity;
-  establishing the properly reaction conditions.
Aqueous copolyester dispersions preparation.
Partner P4:  Takes part to aqueous copolyester dispersions preparation.
Activity II.2:  Experimenting the laboratory scale model for preparing aqueous biodegradable polyesters dispersions, starting from PET wastes
Partner P1:  Determination of basic chemical and physical characteristics of yielded polyesters and dispersions.
Partner P2:  Characterization of co-polyesters (IR spectroscopy, HPLC, termogravimetry).
Partner P3:  Structural characterization of co-polyesters (chromatography with mass spectroscopy, RMN);
Participation at co-polyesters biodegradability evaluation.
Partner P4:  Rheologic characterization of aqueous co-polyester dispersions, determination of particle size distribution and stability.
Partner P5:  Laboratory scale testing of co-polyesters biodegradability;
Testing the copolyester effect upon the magnitude and structure of heterotrophic microorganisms communities in soil (toxicology).

Step III:  Testing the laboratory scale technology for yielding biodegradable coating materials from water dispersible co-polyesters in order to yield slow release nutrients
Activity III.1:  Preparing slow release fertilizers by coating nutrients granules with biodegradable co-polyester film
Partner P1:  Conditioning of fertilizer granules by means of coating with biodegradable co-polyesters film generated from water dispersions in order to yield slow release nutrients.
Activity III.2:  Improving the technology performance in order to obtain biodegradable coating materials resulted from PET wastes
Partner P1:  Synthesis of biodegradable co-polyesters, water-dispersible.
Aqueous co-polyester dispersions preparation.
Activity III.3:  Testing the evolution of fertilizer granules coated with biodegradable co-polyesters film in soil
Partner P3:  Evatuating co-polyester film biodegradability.
Partner P5:  Testing in greenhouse the nitrogen release kinetics from fertilizer granules coated with co-polyester film.
Selecting the involved microorganism in co-polyesters biodegradability.

Step IV:  Results dissemination
Activity IV.1:  Results dissemination by means of publishing scientific papers and developing scientific communications
Partner P1:  Developing scientific communications and/or scientific papers to be published.
CD-ROM editing.
Partner P2:  Takes part to scientific communications and/or scientific papers elaboration.
Partner P3:  Takes part to scientific communications and/or scientific papers elaboration.
Partner P4:  Takes part to scientific communications and/or scientific papers elaboration.
Partner P5:  Developing scientific communications and/or scientific papers to be published.

Step V:  Developing and testing the pilot scale technology for yielding coating biodegradable materials, developing the detailed handbook for technology description and patent protection
Activity V.1:  Identification and assign of the patent rights
Partner P1:  Coordinates the patentation activity.
Partner P2:  Participates at the patent protection activity.
Partner P3:  Participates at the patent protection activity.
Partner P5:  Participates at the patent protection activity.
Activity V.2:  Developing the pilot scale technology for yielding aqueous co-polyesters dispersions
Partner P1:  Performance improvement of the pilot procedure for synthesis of biodegradable and water dispersible co-polyesters and for producing their corresponding water dispersions.
Partner P4:  Takes part to aqueous co-polyester dispersions preparation.
Activity V.3:  Experimenting the pilot scale technology for yielding aqueous co-polyesters dispersions
Partner P1:  Determination of basic chemical and physical characteristics of the pilot yielded polyesters and dispersions.
Partner P2:  Checking for the reproductibility of the pilot co-polyesters characteristics (IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry).
Partner P3:  Checking for the reproductibility of the pilot co-polyesters chemical structure (RMN, FTIR spectroscopy).
Partner P4:  Rheologic characterization of aqueous co-polyester dispersions, determination of particle size distribution and stability.
Activity V.4:  Testing the pilot scale technology for yielding biodegradable co-polyester coating materials in order to yield slow release nutrients
Partner P1:  Checking for the reproductibility of the slow-release nutrients preparation.
Partner P3:  Checking for the reproductibility of the co-polyester film biodegradation.
Partner P5:  Checking for the reproductibility of the characteristics of biodegradability for the pilot products.
Activity V.5:  Developing the detailed handbook for technology description
Partner P1:  Coordinates and participates at the detailed handbook for pilot scale technology of producing biodegradable coating materials, resulted from aqueous co-polyester dispersions, starting from PET wastes.
Partner P2:  Participates to the handbook for laboratory scale technology accomplishment.
Partner P3:  Participates to the handbook for laboratory scale technology accomplishment.
Partner P5:  Participates to the handbook for laboratory scale technology accomplishment.