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The development of very high performance bioderived composite materials of cellulose nanofibres and polysaccharides

Objective

The overall aim of the NanoCelluComp project is to develop a technology to utilise the high mechanical performance of cellulose nanofibres, obtained from food processing waste streams, combined with bioderived matrix materials, for the manufacture of high performance composite materials that will replace glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics in many applications including transportation, wind turbines, biomedical, sport and consumer goods.

The technology will include two key stages:

1) liberation of cellulose nanofibres from vegetable food waste and combining the nanofibres with polysaccharides in a single process free of organic solvents to form a 100% bio-composite comprising up to 75 wt% of cellulose nanofibres and

2) orientation of cellulose nanofibres and compaunding the composite in a form easily usable for established technologies, e.g. in the form of bio-prepregs or as composite fibres suitable for bonding with a bioresin.

The development of the technology components will be based on the principals of green chemistry and green engineering and aimed to achieve the Technology Readiness Level 6 (a prototype demonstration in a relevant environment) by the end of the project. The project directly addresses all key objectives of the NMP.2010.1.2.1-2 topic. In particular, the new process and materials will significantly contribute to

• increase in the sustainability of high performance composites by using vegetable food processing waste;
• reduction on the demand of scarce or non-environmentally friendly raw materials by replacing synthetic materials with bioderived nanocellulose and polysaccharides;
• elimination of use of volatile solvents in polymer composite production processes by using only water as solvent;
• reduction in the energy consumption in composite manufacture.

The substitution potential of the new materials shall be investigated in a systematic way during the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-SMALL-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Institute of Nanotechnology
Address
Innovation Park University Of Stirling - The Alpha Centre 6
FK9 4NF Stirling
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 236 412,35
Administrative Contact
Mark Morrison (Dr.)

Participants (11)

Cellucomp Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 339 837,60
Address
West Docks Harbour Place Unit 3
KY3 9DW Burntisland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Whale (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 278 022
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simon Shilton (Dr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 239 874
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 192 156
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
åke Eriksson (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 239 945,20
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fred Davis (Dr.)
SWETREE TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 199 429,67
Address
Po Box 4095
904 03 Umea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Asa Ek (Ms.)
AL.P.A.S. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 146 160
Address
Strada Statale 10 Padana Ovest Zona Industriale
15029 Solero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Saba (Mr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 280 180
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Som (Ms.)
NOVOZYMES A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 191 730,50
Address
Krogshoejvej 36
2880 Bagsvaerd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lisbeth Kalum (Ms.)
Biovelop AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 52 855
Address
Alvasvagen 1
610 20 Kimstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Lawther (Dr.)
Cellutech AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 14 580,98
Address
Teknikringen 38 A
114 28 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
åsa Ek (Ms.)