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Multi-functionalization of wood with bio-based approach MULTI-WOOD

Project description

Alternative green treatment for wood protection

Wood is an attractive alternative to many traditional building solutions. As a biological material, wood is sensitive to environmental conditions and microorganisms and requires protective measures to extend its service life in outdoor applications. However, there is limited research on green alternative treatments. The EU-funded MULTI-WOOD project will develop innovative strategies to improve the four key wood properties: hygroscopicity, resistance against fire, UV, and biotic factors, based on alternative, recently underutilised bio-based formulations. The project will use alternative sources of chemicals generated during the lignocellulosic bioconversion and/or from the pulp and paper industries. The results will reduce the toxicity of the modification processes, extend service life, prolong maintenance cycles and lessen negative environmental impact.

Objective

Wood is recognized as an attractive alternative to several traditional building solutions, and it is often called a “building material of the 21st century” since it can efficiently sequester carbon, balancing emissions from other materials. As a biological material, wood is sensitive to environmental conditions and microorganisms; therefore, it requires protective measures to extend its service life in outdoor applications. Despite the current demand for improvement of wood performance and considering technologies with low environmental impact, there is limited research on treatments and formulations that use green alternatives and improve critical properties simultaneously.
The ambition of the MULTI-WOOD project is to provide multi-functional treatments to entirely protect wood from nano- to microscale using alternative sources of chemicals generated during the lignocellulosic bioconversion and/or from the pulp and paper industries. The project aims to develop innovative strategies for the improvement of four key wood properties: hygroscopicity, resistance against fire, UV, and biotic factors based on alternative, recently underutilized bio-based formulations. Proposed methodology and treatments target reduction in the toxicity of the modification processes, extend service life, elongate maintenance cycles, and thus, lower the negative impact on the environment.
The MULTI-WOOD project will stimulate innovation and knowledge transfer between the host and ER by building a solid research and industrial network, organizing events, mentoring young researchers and managing projects, the ER will gain research and scientific skills and acquire a new set of competencies to reach professional maturity and independence after the fellowship.

Coordinator

INNORENEW COE CENTER ODLICNOSTI ZA RAZISKAVE IN INOVACIJE NA PODROCJU OBNOVLJIVIH MATERIALOV IN ZDRAVEGA BIVANJSKEGA OKOLJA
Net EU contribution
€ 155 559,36
Address
LIVADE 6A
6310 Izola
Slovenia

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Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Obalno-kraška
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