A partnership between the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and Boots the Chemist to optimise plant oils for skin care applications.
Plant oils offer a rich diversity of high value fatty acids as sustainable feedstocks for the speciality chemical industry. Maximising the potential of plant oils as renewable feedstocks requires the engagement of cutting edge research and development with end user needs.
MetAnOil is a Technology Strategy Board-funded project that has linked the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), University of York with Boots Company PLC. Using patented CNAP technology, the molecular composition of a range of plant oils was mapped. Mapping these results accurately in line with product performance has given rise to a pipeline of new products.
The knowledge gained from the analytical activity has been used to inform selective breeding of hemp plants leading to the development of new hemp lines with novel oil compositions. These new varieties of hemp will represent a significant increase in the variety of novel oils that can be produced in the UK for skin-care and other industrial applications.