More than 85% of processes in the chemical industry depend on catalytic technologies, though many processes in this area have reached their technological limits and produce unsustainable amounts of waste. Living cells, on the other hand, exhibit exceptional efficiency in synthesizing a large variety of complex natural products, with limited waste production.
Inspired by nature’s synthesizing abilities, CLASSY aims to overcome the limitations of current state-of-the-art catalytic technologies by producing a new type of self-regulating catalytic reactor. This new reactor will be able to synthesise complex molecules through programmable, compartmentalised reaction sequences in cell-like molecular assembly lines.
The main breakthrough of CLASSY will be the isolation of each reaction step into microfluidic compartments with a smooth in-and-out flow of substrates and products, while the catalysts will be retained and programmed with specific peptide effectors.
Within the FET Open CLASSY Research and Innovation Action, accelopment leads Work Package 4, which is dedicated to communication of the project to the wider society, the dissemination of results to different stakeholder groups, and the exploitation of its new knowledge and technologies. Furthermore, accelopment is deputy leader of Work Package 5, focused on ensuring an efficient and effective project management.