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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.
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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)

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BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 498 450

LATVIJAS VALSTS KOKSNES KIMIJAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 229 520

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 340 400

FUNDACION CARTIF

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 178 272

UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRONOMICE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 172 200

PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 204 250

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 369 600

ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 412 884

RODAX IMPEX SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

RITOLS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 137 280

INCERPLAST SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 111 448

WIEDEMANN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 116 000

NORCONSERV AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 271 875

NEOCHIMIKI ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 125 600

TSATSOS GEORGIOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 127 280

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212239

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 966 874

  • EU contribution

    € 4 317 515

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

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