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Validation of an industrial process to manufacture isosorbide bis(methyl carbonate) at pilot level

Objective

The use of isosorbide (IS), a still a low market volume bio-based chemical but with a high Cumulative Annual Growing Rate of 10.9%, in the manufacturing of intermediate building blocks and high volume polymers, such as polycarbonates, has some drawbacks that could be overcome by using isosorbide bis(methyl carbonate) (IBMC), a barely explored IS secondary building block which is proposed to enhance IS value chain. VIPRISCAR main objectives are: 1) To validate at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment (TRL 5) a sustainable IBMC production process from IS; 2) To show a proof of principle for the added value IBMC brings to the market by demonstrating the usefulness of polymers derived thereof in three high-volume market sectors: industrial coatings, hot-melt adhesives, and biomedicine (antithrombotic-antimicrobial catheters).
Results expected are: 1) A validated highly-efficient IBMC production process (TRL 5) able to be up-scaled and produce, under suitable market conditions, IBMC at a similar price to that of current oil-based monomers used in polycarbonates and polyurethanes; 2) at least 1 IBMC-derived coating for automotive and furniture; 3) at least 1 IBMC-derived hot-melt adhesive; 4) 1 antithrombotic-antimicrobial IBMC-derived catheter. Exploitation encompasses patent licensing, collaborative research for further development to high TRLs and direct production-commercialization (industrial partners).
The 3-years project is divided in 4 phases consisting of 8 WPs: 1) IBMC manufacturing process improvement to move from the current TRL of 3 (TEC granted patent) to 4 (WP2); 2) IBMC up-scaling to TRL 5 (WP3); 3) Proof of principle of IBMC applications (WP4-Coatings, WP5-Adhesives, WP6-Catheters); 4) Horizontal issues: Management (WP1); techno-economic analysis, LCA, REACH, health-safety, barriers and standards (WP7); market analysis, business models-financial impacts, IPR and exploitation, risk management, communication and dissemination strategy (WP8).

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2017
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 053 843

Participants (8)

JOWAT SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ernst-hilker-strasse 10-14
32758 Detmold
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CIKAUTXO S COOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bo Magdalena 2B
48710 Berriatua
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
B4PLASTICS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 375 492
Address
Paul Lambertlaan 88
3630 Maasmechelen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEP POLYMERS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 221 940
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)
VERTECH GROUP

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 406 000
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EXERGY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 576
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 226 310
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Vizcaya, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Research Organisations
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 253 715
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations