Currently, most UV-blockers used in sunscreens and coatings, have a detrimental effect on the environment and may accumulate in marine environments. Safer alternatives are therefore needed, and this is what the Marine Biobased Specialties Lectureship will work on.
Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) are naturally occuring components that can potentially be used as UV-blockers. These MAAs can be extracted from different species of red macroalgae. But which species are best suited for this? And under which growing conditions can the highest concentration of MAAs be achieved? Jesse van Groenigen is one of the researchers in this project:
“During this research, different species of macroalgae will be tested. At various times during the growth of the algae, the accumulated MAA’s concentration is examined”
This research is in line with the other studies within the CoE BBE, which focus on stabilizing natural dyes. The MAAs found can possibly be used in those studies to improve biobased dyes.
This project is supported by TKI BBE