Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Lars Blank
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.04.2015 to 31.03.2019
EU contribution:
7.056.968,50 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633962.  


From Plastic waste to Plastic value using Pseudomonas putida Synthetic Biology


P4SB is about the utilization of the conceptual and material tools of contemporary Synthetic Biology to bring about the sustainable and environmentally friendly bioconversion of oil-based plastic waste into fully biodegradable counterparts by means of deeply engineered, whole-cell bacterial catalysts. These tools will be used to design tailor-made enzymes for the bio-depolymerization of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and PU (polyurethane), but also for the custom design of a Pseudomonas putida Cell Factory capable of metabolizing the resulting monomers.

Success story

Within the first three years of the project P4SB achieved important successes. The exact description of the state of the art and a report by the local media emphasize the importance and public interest of the project.


  • Universität Leipzig, Germany
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones cientificas, Spain
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • Bioplastech Ltd, Ireland
  • BacMine SL, Spain
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ, Germany
  • University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
  • Soprema, France
  • Proteus, France