This project focuses on the production and use of tailored tannins for different applications. Tannins are a group of polyphenolic compounds that are widely present in plants. They possess various biological activities including antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation, etc. They are currently utilized for the production of leather, wood adhesives, wine production and anti-corrosive primers. These natural aromatic compounds exhibit however greater prospects beyond their traditional use.

The specific chemical structures of tannins allow bimolecular nucleophilic substitution, giving the opportunity to convert them into several promising aromatic chemicals and building blocks for novel materials. Furthermore, tannins and tannin-derivatives could play a key role as nutraceutical products, bioactive phytochemicals, controlled release promoters, volatile organic compounds sequesters, and moisture retainers in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural and food/feed industries.


The main goal of this project is to identify which chemical identities give the desired and most performant functional properties and to define which level of modification and purity is required for the defined end-applications. All target applications are determined by the industrial partners.


Project type: ICON
Duration: September 2020 – September 2022