'New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications'


The 16 partners cover all the entire value chain from feedstock, biosynthesis of the polymer or polymer precursor, through the optimization of product recovery, purification and further conversion towards the final product.
The consortium is formed by seven SMEs, three industrial companies and six research centres and Universities. All of them have a recognized expertise in their business and knowledge field.


    AIMPLAS, Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, is a private, non-profit Association with about 400 associated companies (the majority of them SMEs). AIMPLAS has offered its services to the Plastic industry sector since 1990 and, nowadays, has a permanent staff of 100 people. AIMPLAS’ fields of work are related to technological research and development on plastic materials & products and its transformation processes. [Website]


    Two ULUND departments from the Engineering Faculty will participate to the project: (i) Applied Microbiology (AM), that masters metabolic engineering methodology including gene manipulation in yeast and physiological characterization of novel strains using enzyme and metabolite levels, flux analysis, proteomics and genomics and (ii) Chemical Engineering (CE) that has expertise in pretreatment, fermentation technology, process simulation and economic feasibility studies. [Website]


    The University of Cantabria is a young modern public institution whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through a firm commitment to teaching and scientific excellence. The researchers of this proposal belong to DePRO Group in “Development of Chemical Processes and Pollutants Control”, and they are focused in the research topic Industrial Ecology and Waste Management. [Website]


    Biotrend is an industrial biotechnology company which develops new bioprocesses from new microbes using renewable raw materials, exploring opportunities provided by Nature's microbiodiversity. Biotrend has developed the first technology that uses naturally occurring, non-genetically modified bacteria for the production of natural carotenoids with high purity. Biotrend’s novel process is reproducible and scalable, conveying major competitive advantages over alternative natural and chemical production processes. [Website]


    SilicoLife is a company devoted to create computational solutions for the Life Sciences. It benefits from the expertise and international recognition of its founding team in the fields of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, to provide highly specialized services and products. The main focus of SilicoLife is the development and commercialization of solutions to design optimized microbial strains for the production of specific target compounds such as bio-fuels, chemicals, food ingredients or biopolymers. [Website]

  • AUA

    The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) is the third oldest University in Greece. For over eighty years, it has served agricultural sciences, currently covering a wide range of research areas including food quality and safety, reasonable usage of water resources, biological farming, the use of alternative energy sources, valorisation of food wastes, and applications of biotechnology in agriculture. [Website]


    Avecom is specialized in steering and optimizing of microbial processes. We have a proven track record of 15 years. We serve industry with labscale feasibilty testing for waste treatment, waste water treatment, soil remediation. A second core business of Avecom is the production of mixed cultures and blending of specific micro/macro nutrients for waste water treatment and soil remediation. A third core business is R&D projects (Lypoyeast, private R&D projects with industry, development of microbial nanometals,...). [Website]


    The BioComposites Centre at Bangor University is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials since 1989. BC’s services encompass all stages of the evaluation, research, product development, product trial and manufacturing process. BC is structured into three service groups offering different expertise: BC Polymers, BC Chemistry and BC Materials. [Website]


    Nextek has been an active consultancy since 2004 with staff in the United Kingdom and Australia providing expertise in the design, optimization, processing and recycling of plastics materials. Nextek has focused its extensive polymer expertise on the materials found in plastic packaging due to the largely unmet needs of businesses to develop more sustainable food packaging and for higher recycling performance; however it is also active in novel and high performance materials. [Website]

  • DLAB

    DLab is a private company that promotes its own research and development as well as solving problems brought by external clients. Its expertise is in the fields of plastics, polymers, materials and organic chemistry. It synthesise new materials, tailor made to meet specific applications. Its expertise includes polymerizations, photochemistry, catalysis, optical properties of polymers, flame-retardants, halogenations, hydrogels and expert opinions to governmental authorities and courts of law. [Website]


    Green Source, S.A. is a 100% subsidiary of the Sniace Group. Sniace Group is a chemical industrial group located in Torrelavega, Cantabria, whose activity includes five differentiated divisions. The fifth division is leaded by GSOUR and has two main activities: a) Promotion, development and operation of second-generation biofuel projects; b) Research and Development Laboratories. Currently GSOUR has three laboratories, Hydrolysis, Genetics and Fermentation and Biopolymers. [Website]


    Addcomp Holland BV is a producer of additive systems for polymers. Our core business is the production of masterbatches and compacts (additive granules without polymer carrier) for polymer processing industry. Our customers are polymers processing industry, polymer producers and additive suppliers among whole of Europe. Addcomp Holland B.V. is innovative, dynamic company, having its own engineering department. [Website]


    Pro Form Ltd. has a history of more than 30 years in processing thermoplastic materials. The operations of our company started by using the vacuum moulding technology, however, today we use four basic technologies of the plastic industry as a result of responding to our customers needs and of our inherent will to improve. These technologies are as follows: vacuum forming, pressure-forming, (co-)extrusion and injection moulding. [Website]

  • XPA

    Xperion Aerospace is a globally oriented company of the Avanco Group. When it comes to high-end composites, XPA is an innovative, reliable partner in the strategic aerospace, industrial, and energy segments. The company has long experience as a specialist supplier for the global aerospace industry. Their technology expertise is centred on the development, manufacture and integration of high-stiffness, lightweight structural components of fibre-reinforced composites for demanding applications. [Website]


    Solaris Bus & Coach is a bus manufacturer located just north of Poznan, Poland, exactly between two European capitals: Warsaw and Berlin. Solaris ranks well amongst the leading players in the European bus industry and manufacture a wide range of modern city and suburban buses, trolleybuses, buses for special applications and trams. [Website]

  • CRF

    Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) was established in 1976 to fulfil the innovation, research and development needs expressed by FIAT Group. Fiat Industrial's large industrial base, extensive product range and global presence qualify it as a global leader in the capital goods sector. Each of the Group's businesses is a major international player in its respective industry sector: Iveco, CNH-Case New Holland and FPT Industrial. [Website]

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration