Valorization of residual biomass for advanced 3D materials
The ValBio-3D project will develop efficient technologies for production of sustainable and 100% biobased materials from agro-industrial residues, addressing the bioeconomy of the future, and based on cost-efficient production of biochemicals, bioplastics, biocomposites and tailor-made nanocelluloses. The objectives require a good and well established cooperation between key European and Latin American research institutions, and close contact with relevant industry, which is established in ValBio-3D.
Research on agro-industrial lignocellulosic resources will be of high importance to the European and Latin American community in general.
Hence, this initiative will promote
- joint research of high international quality on biomass resources available in Latin America and Europe,
- the appropriate use of agro-industrial waste for creating value added biomaterials,
- novel technologies for structuring biocomposites based on 3D (bio)printing.
- environmental benefits of bioresources and their biocomposites.
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Ehman NV, Ponce de León A, Felissia F, Vallejos N, Area MC and Chinga-Carrasco G, Biocomposites of polyhydroxyalkanoates and lignocellulosic components – focus on biodegradation and 3D-printing, In: Bioplastics for sustainabledevelopment, Springer (2021)
The project is led by Dr. María Cristina Area. Instituto de Materiales de Misiones (IMAM), Argentina, and has the following partners:
Instituto de Materiales de Misiones, Argentina. Responsible for WP1 – Raw materials processing, University of la Frontera (UFRO), Chile. Responsible for WP2 – Post-Processing of lignin and hemicellulose, VTT Ltd, Finland. Responsible for WP3 – Production and modification of nanocellulose, Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, WKI, Germary. Responsible for WP4 – Biopolymer synthesis, RISE PFI, Norway. Responsible for WP5 – 3D (bio)printing of biocomposites, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru. Responsible for WP6 – Environmental life-cycle assessment, Biorefinery Santa Ana (SME), Argentina.