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Formaldehyde free Bio-Based thermosetting resin for wood pressed products

Objective

"Pressed wood panels are composed of chopped or cut wood that are glued together using adhesives. Most of these resins are petroleum based products containing a hazardous chemical: formaldehyde. The acceptable levels of formaldehyde in wood pressed products have been reduced over the past decades due to increased public awareness on its effects on health and the consequent consumer demand for non-hazardous products. The current situation in Europe is that the Committee for Risk Assessment of the European Chemical Agency has recommended reclassifying formaldehyde from category 2, ""probably carcinogenic to humans"" to category 1B “substance which is presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans"". This reclassification is expected by 2015 and it will surely have an impact on EU standards with regards to formaldehyde emissions from wood panels. In turn, this will affect the competitiveness of European woodworkers who will be forced to reduce, or even eliminate, the use of formaldehyde resins in wood panels.
The development of efficient renewable resins to substitute petroleum formaldehyde based adhesives is one of the biggest challenges for the Wood Industry.
To do so, the ECO-PRESSWOOD project aims to develop “formaldehyde free” wood based panels that combine bio-based chemistry, nanotechnology and process engineering.
To be cost competitive and environmentally friendly, this new resin will be produced from residues of biodiesel production. The performance of the bio-panels will be increased by ceramic nanoparticles that will provide extra reinforcement. Moreover manufacturing processes will be researched to integrate both developments."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/petroleum
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MUEBLEY LA MADERA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
Address
Calle Perales S/n
30510 Yecla
Spain
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 550,74
Administrative Contact
Gregorio Cañavate (Mr.)

Participants (10)

WOOD PROCESSING AND FURNITURE CLUSTER ASSOCIATION*
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 60 351
Address
Naukova Street - Office 7 B
79060 Lviv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liuba Mocharska (Mrs.)
CROATIAN CHAMBER OF ECONOMY CCE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 261 009,25
Address
Rooseveltov Trg 2
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vesna Trnokop-Tanta (Ms.)
Fachverband der Holzindustrie Osterreichs
Austria
EU contribution
€ 253 249,25
Address
Schwarzenbergplatz 4
1037 Vienna
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Handl (Mr.)
INTERNATIONALER VEREIN FUR TECHNISCHE HOLZFRAGEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 57 060
Address
Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Nina Drewes (Mrs)
CONFEDERACION ESPANOLA DE EMPRESARIOS DE LA MADERA - ASOCIACION - CONFEMADERA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 953,96
Address
Calle Recoletos 13 - 1° Dcha
28001 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Laura Martin Linares (Ms.)
CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 340 258,50
Address
15 Km National Road Thessaloniki-polygyros
570 01 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleftheria Athanassiadou (Mrs.)
MILL PANEL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 349 359,70
Address
Eerste Industrieweg 7
5451 GV Mill
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Elbers (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 338
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frixos Stavrou (Mr.)
FEDERLEGNO ARREDO EVENTI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 52 657,20
Address
Foro Buonaparte 65
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Omar Degoli (Mr.)