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Innovation in the process of cork production
for elimination of odours responsible for cork taint

Contract number : QLK1-2002-01678
Contract type : Demonstration Project
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Dyanne Bennink
Project website : not yet available
Ioanis Katakis
Bioengineering and Bioelectrochemistry Group
Department of Chemical Engineering
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Campus Sescelades
Av. dels Paisos Catalans 26
43007 Tarragona
tel +34 977 55 9655
fax +34 977 55 9667

The wine and cork industry incur almost 1000 million euros per year losses due to cork taint, substances that develop naturally or through contamination of the cork stopper and cause products of inferior quality.


The cork stopper elaboration process shall be refurbished through the incorporation of novel and modular unit operations and a new quality assurance method that could be applied to any size enterprise in the sector. The redesigned process includes novel unit operations of physicochemical treatment, membrane application, photocatalytic oxidation and on-line quality control with immunosensors aimed to render the cork stopper production at least 99% taint-free through complimentary incremental improvements. The project proposes to implement the refurbished process in a modular prototype plant.


Ampelooeniki Ltd.
Viti-Vinicultural Research Center, Ltd.
Thessaloniki Technology Park,
6th km Harilaou-Thermi Road
57001 Thessaloniki
University of Patras
Department of Chemical Engineering
1 Karatheodori St.
26500 Patras
The University of Nottingham
School of Chemical, Environmental and Mining Engineering
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom

Fifth Framework Programme

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