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New tailor-made PHB-based nanocomposites for high performance applications produced from environmentally friendly production routes

New tailor-made PHB-based nanocomposites for high performance applications produced from environmentally friendly production routes

Objective

The project aims to develop a new cost-competitive and environmentally friendly bionanocomposite material based on the combination of a polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) matrix with new chemical, structure produced by new fermentation culture technology with two types of nanofibres,cellulose whiskers and lignin-based, in order to have a true alternative to engineering materials in two main sectors: household appliances, computers & telecommunications. To fulfil this global objective, current limitations of PHB polymers and their composites will be overcome using a synergic combination of different approaches: •A tailor-made PHB biopolymer structure obtained using new fermentation culture conditions, i.e, by synergic combination of different media and precursor feedings (specific sugar blends) obtained from hydrolyzed bio-mass, being able to select a structure to provide a PHB with enhanced functionalities (improved thermal and chemical properties, cellulose compatibility, processing, higher impact,..) in comparison with commercial ones. •To improve the cost competitiveness of PHB biopolymer by optimization of the fermentation process (increasing yield) and the use of lingo-cellulose biomass and other industrial by-products as fermentation feedstock. It will be no competition with food supply. •Development of cellulose whiskers and lignin nanofibres using enzymatic production routes with new functionalities (antimicrobial, flame retardant and self-assembly) from wood waste. •Compounding of new PHB with a synergic combination of both types of nanofibres and long natural fibres, using the planetary multi-screw extruder for improved nanofibres distribution, reducing thermal degradation,improve matrix-nanofibre interphase and introduction of coupling agents by reactive extrusion. •Development of multilayer structures (co-extrusion and co-injection) in order to obtain multifunctional material properties to improve the final performance of plastic parts in select sectors.

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Address

Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 619 547,26

Administrative Contact

Itziar Carracedo Fernández (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 230 612,91

BIOTREND - INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 303 622,50

NATURSTOFF-TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 87 365,40

WETLANDS INCUBATOR SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 223 525,11

BIOREFINERY.DE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 145 210

BH INDUSTRIES PROJECT SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 112 176,88

EXTRUDER EXPERTS SYSTEMS UG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 155 871

PROMOLDING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 130 144

Proform Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 124 175,78

FERMAX ELECTRONICA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 107 383,99

ARCELIK A.S.

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 86 636,10

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 376 051,16

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 361 259,33

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 336 848,58

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 246449

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 575 742,24

  • EU contribution

    € 3 400 430

Coordinated by:

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

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