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Forest Resource Sustainability through Bio-Based-Composite Development

Objective

The forest biomass represents an abundant, renewable, no-food competition and low cost resource that can play an alternative role to petro-resources. In spite of positive experimental results industrial production and marketing of materials derived from renewable resources are rarely achieved because of high processing costs and low properties of final products usually targeted to single use sectors devoted to very low costs polymer. Aims of the present proposal are the differentiate utilizations of forest raw resources or by-products of forest connected industry for the production of eco-compatible foams and composites suitable for many practical applications with particular attention at the packaging, agriculture and automotive sectors. One topic of the research activity will be focused on the use of wood and paper mill by-products (bark, chips, sawdust, and black liquor) as raw materials for the production of polyurethane foams by an innovative sustainable synthetic process with reduced energy consumption. Wood fibres can be used as natural fillers to replace synthetic and glass fibres in composites production. Loading of wood fibres is limited by difficult compatibility with hydrophobic polymers. Research activity will be devoted to the production of composites based on wood fibres with biodegradable polymeric matrices (polylactic acid, polycaprolactone, polyhydroxyalkanoates, materbi, etc) and with polypropylene. A high fibres loading content will be achieved by increasing polymeric matrices toughness. Forest waste valorisation will be achieved by microbiological process. Materials production will be valuated by life cycle assessment and final products will be tested for biodegradation and composting. Composites will be as well evaluated for applications in agriculture, packaging and automotive (textile, panels, interior components). Research activity will be developed in strict cooperation with industries with particular reference to the end users.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 917 456
Administrative Contact
Andrea Lazzeri (Prof.)

Participants (15)

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 498 450
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Béla Pukánszky (Prof.)
LATVIJAS VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 229 520
Address
Dzerbenes St. 27
1006 Riga
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ugis Cabulis (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 340 400
Address
Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pilar Flores Cubos (Ms.)
FUNDACION CARTIF
Spain
EU contribution
€ 178 272
Address
Pq Tecnologico Boecillo 205
47151 Boecillo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gregorio Antolin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRONOMICE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 172 200
Address
Bd Marasti 59 Sector 1
011464 Bucarest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mona Elena Popa (Prof.)
PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 204 250
Address
Terstyanszky Utca 89
2083 Solymar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandor Garas (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 369 600
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 412 884
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno De Wilde (Mr.)
RODAX IMPEX SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Drumul Taberei Street 82 Bl C16 Sc E Et 8 Ap 265 Sect 6
061403 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurentiu Moldovan (Dr.)
RITOLS SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 137 280
Address
Dzerbenes Iela 27
1006 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peteris Tukums (Dr.)
INCERPLAST SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 111 448
Address
23, Ziduri Mosi Str.
021203 Bucharest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleonora Nemes (Dr.)
WIEDEMANN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 116 000
Address
Rieblinger Strasse 25
86479 Aichen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adelheid Wiedemann (Mrs.)
NORCONSERV AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 271 875
Address
Niels Juels Gt
4002 Stavanger
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Morten Sivertsvik (Dr.)
NEOCHIMIKI ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 125 600
Address
Pentelis Str Pal Faliro 34
175 64 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Poppy Krassa (Ms.)
TSATSOS GEORGIOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 127 280
Address
Ioannou Metaxa 56
19400 Koropi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georgios Tsatsos (Dr.)