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Synthesis and industrial application of hydroxytyrosol

Department of Life Sciences

Land NÖ

Project Description

During the course of this project, an alternative synthesis of hydroxytyrosol will be developed. This new route aims for a higher yield of the important natural product by combining the advantages of biotechnological procedures and modern chemical reactions. Additionally, in collaboration with our industrial partner, a new and highly promising application of hydroxytyrosol in textile industry will be evaluated.


Summarizing, the following goals can be defined:

• Establish whole cell oxidation (dihydroxylation of aromatics) as innovative and future-oriented methodology at the University of Applied Sciences Krems. By means of this environmentally benign protocol, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals are accessible from organic waste.

• Synthesis of hydroxytyrosol, an important natural antioxidant with a wide range of applications in food industry, cosmetic industry, and pharmaceutical industry.

• Evaluation of a newly developed analytical instrument to measure the metabolic activity of various bacteria.

• Development of a new method for the mild and gentle selective bleaching of denim and related textiles.



The project is co-financed by the Province of Lower Austria and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

  • Further Information
  • Status: Completed
  • Project ID : 898
  • Sponsor :

    Land NÖ