- Start date: 1 September 2017
- End date: 31 March 2018
- Funder: BBSRC
- Primary investigator: Professor Richard Blackburn
Keracol is a highly innovative small company developing natural chemical technologies.
This project is a collaborative feasibility study with The University of Porto (UoP) to develop international cooperation and initiate novel approaches to produce more stable and oil-soluble natural colorants for food and cosmetic applications.
Keracol extracts natural pigments from food waste (berry skins), we aim to use the expertise of UoP to develop new methods for step-change applications. This is a challenging project due to the complex chemistry of natural colorants.
More stable anthocyanins able to be incorporated into oil-based media are needed and novel methods developed by UoP could prove the most effective strategy to achieve this.
Food and cosmetic colorants are multi-billion dollar industries, and applications represent significant value.
Few researchers are working on this type of chemistry globally, and an opportunity to develop this area with UoP would be step-changing for Keracol