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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SME-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

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
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 619 547,26
Administrative Contact
Itziar Carracedo Fernández (Ms.)

Participants (14)

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 230 612,91
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gordon Bishop (Mr.)
BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 303 622,50
Address
Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2
3060-197 Cantanhede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Ferreira (Dr.)
NATURSTOFF-TECHNIK GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 87 365,40
Address
Marie-curie-strasse 11
27711 Osterholz-scharmbeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holmer Wöhlk (Mr.)
WETLANDS INCUBATOR SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 223 525,11
Address
Rue Du Laid Burniat 5
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian-Marie Bols (Mr.)
BIOREFINERY.DE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 145 210
Address
Stittstrasse 2
14471 Potsdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Beckmann (Dr.)
BH INDUSTRIES PROJECT SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 112 176,88
Address
Raclawicka 131/35
02-117 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludomir Hexel (Dr.)
EXTRUDER EXPERTS SYSTEMS UG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 155 871
Address
Am Stammhaus 8
52156 Monschau Imgenbroich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Zimmermann (Mr.)
PROMOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 130 144
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 108
2497 GC Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jac Gofers (Mr.)
Proform Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 124 175,78
Address
Teve Utca 60
1139 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laszlo Helmajer (Mr.)
FERMAX ELECTRONICA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 107 383,99
Address
Avenida Tres Cruces 133
46017 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Rodriguez Luis (Mr.)
ARCELIK A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 86 636,10
Address
Karaagac, Sutluce Beyoglu Cad. No:2-6
34445 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Osman Gokhan Ersoy (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 376 051,16
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 361 259,33
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 336 848,58
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Dietrich (Mr.)