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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.01.2017 to 31.12.2021
EU contribution:
3.078.262,44 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722390.  


Harnessing the power of enzymatic oxygen activation


For the selective and effective incorporation of oxygen into biological molecules (oxygenation reaction), several enzyme types have evolved in nature. They catalyse crucial reactions in various metabolic routes. The chemistry feasible with these biocatalysts is unrivalled when compared with conventional chemical methods. Therefore, these oxygenating enzymes are very promising tools in biotechnological approaches. However, when compared with other enzyme classes, such as hydrolases, oxygenases are still in their infancy considering their biotechnological potential. To fully exploit the catalytic power of oxygenases, several hurdles have to be taken for which a higher level of knowledge on these enzymes is needed while also technical aspects have to be solved. The European Training Network (ETN) OXYTRAIN is a joint academic/non-academic training initiative supporting the convergence of biochemistry, enzyme engineering and biotechnology. The consortium's mutual goal is developing a new generation of innovative and entrepreneurial early stage researchers (ESRs) to satisfy the need for knowledge and skills to produce and apply oxidative enzymes.


  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
  • Sanko Tekstil İşletmeleri Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, Turkey
  • Technische Universität Graz, Austria
  • SeSaM-Biotech GmbH, Germany
  • Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, Norway
  • University of York, United Kingdom
  • DSM Food Specialities B.V., Netherlands
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany