The CSM team (Cardiovascular System – Mechanobiology) will receive more than five million crowns for nanopeptides and nanosaccharides research. As one of the partners, he joined the PEPSA-MATE project (Nanopeptides and Nanosaccharides for Advanced and Sustainable Materials). The coordinator is University of Rome Tor Vergata and other institutions from Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Cuba are involved as a partners.
The objective of PEPSA-MATE is to turn biopolymers into sustainable products using innovative technologies. The result will be an alternative biomaterial to conventional, non-degradable synthetic polymers and inorganic materials. Three areas of research will be explored; firstly, phytoglycogenic nanoparticles to fabricate of bioadhesives, bioplastics and drug carriers, as well as ultrasonic fabrication of biofunctional nanopeptides as well as nanostructured saccharide microparticles as a universal platform to deliver of a wide range of therapeutic molecules. PEPSA-MATE includes interdisciplinary research on nanomaterials, polysaccharides and peptides, cell biology, biophysics, and computational modeling.
In terms of international impact, PEPSA-MATE will allow long-term collaboration between research teams not only in European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain), but also in four non-EU countries (Australia, Brazil, Cuba and South Africa).
The grant is planned for 2019-2022.