2021-2025: Participation in a National Science Agenda project on production of caseins (milk proteins) by microbial fermentation. The project, led by the Wageningen University chair group Food Quality & Design, comprises several PhD’s and post-docs. One PhD is supervised by Marc Werten and myself.
2019 – 2022: TKI-Agrifood 18030 - PROSPEC (~1 M€). Funded by TKI & six industries(NL, UK, DE, NO). Enzymatic modification of pectin & chitosan from side streams into home / personal care and other ingredients.
2017 – 2021: EU-BBI demo project 745785 – URBIOFIN (WFBR: ~1 M€). Conversion of organic municipal solid waste (OMSW) into poly(hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA), bioethylene and fertilizers. WFBR tasks: (1) conversion of volatile fatty acids to PHA with medium chain length fatty acids, and (2) development of PHA-containing materials.
2017-2020: NWO ECHO project POLICE; PhD, with prof. I. K. Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology). Development of novel antifreeze proteins.
2012-2016: NanoNextNL project 07A.03 Self-assembling materials from biosynthetic stimulus-responsive protein polymers; PhD, with dr. R. J. de Vries (Wageningen University & Research). Development of protein polymers with heterodimer-forming blocks.
2015: Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) project on antimicrobial peptides; PhD, with dr. R. J. de Vries (Wageningen University & Research) and prof. O. Franco (Catholic University of Brasilia).
2011-2016: ERC Advanced Grant 267254 “BioMate” (WFBR: ~0.7 M€), several PhD’s, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Development and characterization of stimulus-responsive block copolymer proteins self-organizing into supramolecular nanostructures.
2010-2014: NWO-Top project, several PhDs, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Nucleation and growth of nanofibrils from silk-inspired triblock copolymeric proteins.
2009-2013: FOM-BRM project; PhD, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Dual-responsive supramolecular networks from asymmetric triblock copolymeric proteins.
2005-2010: B-BASIC projects OPTICOL, EXPANDS and PROPOLY (~3 M€); among else, three PhD’s, with prof. G. Eggink (Wageningen University & Research). Development of novel stimulus-responsive, self-assembling block copolymeric proteins.
2005-2009: EU FP6 project 516961 BASE (WFBR: ~0.7 M€). Pilot scale production system for self-assembling small peptides.
2004-2012: Two POAC projects; two PhD’s, with prof. J. C. M. van Hest (Radboud University Nijmegen) & prof. H. Zuilhof (Wageningen University & Research). Elastin-inspired protein polymers.
2003-2014: DPI Projects 414 (FITAPEP), 602 (COLLASOM) and 698 (SYNPROT); three PhD’s, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Development of DNA-binding proteins, rheology of recombinant gelatin, development of silk-inspired nanofibril-forming proteins.
2002-2004: EET Pepticoat project (WFBR: ~0.6 M€) Development of putative antifouling proteins.
2002: Project with FibroGen (~0.3 M€) Recombinant gelatin production.
1998-2002: SEO project (~0.8 M); PhD, with prof. C. Laane (Wageningen University & Research). Recombinant collagen production.
1995-2001: Several projects (~2 M€) with FUJI Photo Film, Recombinant gelatin development.