PRIN 2017 – The project CARDIGAN is focused on the use of  Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) that is a dicotyledonous herb hailing from the Mediterranean area.  In CARDIGAN project different parts of cardoon (seeds, leaves and roots) will be processed by enzymes, microbial whole-cell biocatalysts or environmentally friendly catalysts to obtain biopolymers, plasticizers and bioactive molecules for the development of innovative packaging materials. This multidisciplinary approach, where different technological expertise is combined, will enable a more efficient use of natural resources, reducing the overall environmental impact, according to the circular economy paradigm.

Partners of the project are: Università di Napoli Federico II, Università di Milano Bicocca, Università di Triestre, CNR. The Principal Investigator of the Natonal Project is Prof. Martino Di Serio


Sustainable Synthesis of Epoxidized Cynara C. Seed Oil
Turco, R.; Di Serio, M. Catalysts 2020, 10, 721 doi: 10.3390/catal10070721

Comparison of Different Possible Technologies for Epoxidation of Cynara cardunculus Seed Oil
Turco, R.;  Tesser, R.;  Russo, V.;  Vitiello, R.;  Fagnano, M.; Di Serio M. European Journal of Lipid Science and Tecnology  2020, 122, 1,  1900100 doi: 10.1002/ejlt.201900100

Poly (Lactic Acid)/Thermoplastic Starch Films: Effect of Cardoon Seed Epoxidized Oil on Their Chemicophysical, Mechanical, and Barrier Properties Turco, R. ; Ortega-Toro, R.; Tesser, R.; Mallardo, S.;  Collazo-Bigliardi, S.; Chiralt Boix, A.; Mario Malinconico; Rippa, M.;Di Serio, M.; Santagata, G. Coatings 2019, 9(9), 574  doi: 10.3390/coatings9090574