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Smart Technologies for the Conversion of Industrial Lignins into Sustainable Materials

Objective

SmartLi aims at developing technologies for using technical lignins as raw materials for biomaterials and demonstrating their industrial feasibility. The technical lignins included in the study are kraft lignins, lignosulphonates and bleaching effluents, representing all types of abundant lignin sources. The raw materials are obtained from industrial partners. The technical lignins are not directly applicable for the production of biomaterials with acceptable product specifications. Therefore, pretreatments will be developed to reduce their sulphur content and odour and provide constant quality. Thermal pretreatments are also expected to improve the material properties of lignin to be used as reinforcing filler in composites, while fractionating pretreatments will provide streams that will be tested as plasticizers. Lignin is expected to add value to composites also by improving their flame retardancy. The development of composite applications is led by an industrial partner. Base catalysed degradation will be studied as means to yield reactive oligomeric lignin fractions for resin applications. The degradation will be followed by downstream processing and potentially by further chemical modification aiming at a polyol replacement in PU resins. Also PF type resins for gluing and laminate impregnation, and epoxy resins will be among the target products. Full LCA, including a dynamic process, will support the study. The outcome of the research will be communicated with stakeholders related to legislation and standardisation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CLIC INNOVATION OY
Address
Etelaranta 10
00130 Helsinki
Finland
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 68 750

Participants (12)

TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Bustadt 40
74360 Ilsfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEP POLYMERS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 137 500
Address
Strada Statale 14 Km 163 5 Localita Basovizza Area Science Park
34149 Trieste
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 500
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 301 250
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
METSA FIBRE OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Revontulenpuisto 2
02100 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 305 007,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
SAPPI NETHERLANDS SERVICES B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Biesenweg 16
6211 AA Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORESA INDUSTRIAS QUIMICAS DEL NOROESTE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenida Dona Urraca 91
36650 Caldas De Reis Pontevedra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 281 250
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Other
PREFERE RESINS FINLAND OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Oljysatamantie 16
49460 Hamina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOTKAMILLS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Norskankatu 6
48101 Kotka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANDRITZ OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Tammasaarenkatu 1
00180 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)