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A new process using membrane reactor technology
to improve the healthcare aspects of hydrogenated edible oils

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02234
Contract type : Shared Cost Project
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Rosanna d'Amario
Project website : not yet available
Dr Maria Carmen Villaran
Fundación Leia
Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico
Research and Development of Environmental Technologies
Leonardo da Vinci 11
01510 Minano Mayor (Alava)
Tel.: +34-945 298 144
Fax: +34-945 298 217
E-mail: mcarmenv.leia @

Edible oil hydrogenation is an operation carried out in order to optimise some oil properties. The health concern related with the high production of trans-fatty acid in these processes is leading the sector of edible fat manufacturers to develop new and expensive technologies or to modify the hydrogenation process.


The main objective of CAMERTOIL is to develop and validate a new hydrogenation system based on the catalytic membrane reactor technology that will allow to reduce the content of trans-fatty acids in the final hydrogenated products below 1%. With this system, the hydrogenation process will be simplified: the catalyst membrane is supported and there is no mixture of reactants and catalyst, making the filtration phase unnecessary and avoiding the losses of catalyst. This will allow using a more selective catalyst to avoid trans-fatty acid production.


University of Limerick
Materials and Surface Science Institute
Plassey Technological Park
GKSS Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH
Institut für Chemie
21502 Geesthacht
De Smet España
Calle Colombia, 64. 7°
28016 Madrid
Bisser Oliva S.A.
Industrial Zone
6000 Stara Zagora
Helados Miko, S.A.
r & d Department
Zona Industrial de Araia
01250 Araia
Lipidos Santiga, S.A.
Research and Development Department
Ctra. Ripollet a Santigo, km 4.3.
08130 Sta. Perpetua de Mogoda (Barcelona)
Higher Institute for Food and Flavour Industry
Production and Processing of Vegetable Oils
Maritza 26
4002 Plovdiv

Fifth Framework Programme

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