BUGWORKERS

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

 Coordinatore AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS 

 Organization address address: CALLE GUSTAVE EIFFEL 4 PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE PATERNA
city: PATERNA VALENCIA
postcode: 46980

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Itziar
Cognome: Carracedo Fernández
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 96 1366040
Fax: +34 96 1366041

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Spain [ES]
 Sito del progetto http://www.bugworkersproject.eu/
 Totale costo 4˙575˙742 €
 EC contributo 3˙400˙430 €
 Programma FP7-NMP
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
 Code Call FP7-NMP-2009-SME-3
 Funding Scheme CP-TP
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-07-01   -   2014-06-30

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

 Organization address address: CALLE GUSTAVE EIFFEL 4 PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE PATERNA
city: PATERNA VALENCIA
postcode: 46980

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Itziar
Cognome: Carracedo Fernández
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 96 1366040
Fax: +34 96 1366041

ES (PATERNA VALENCIA) coordinator 619˙547.25
2    FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

 Organization address address: Hansastrasse 27C
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80686

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Walter
Cognome: Krause
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 89 1205 2713
Fax: +49 8912 057534

DE (MUENCHEN) participant 376˙051.16
3    INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

 Organization address address: Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
city: LISBOA
postcode: 1049-001

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Teresa
Cognome: Malhoa
Email: send email
Telefono: 351218000000
Fax: 351218000000

PT (LISBOA) participant 361˙259.34
4    FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

 Organization address address: PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MIRAMON PASEO MIKELETEGI 2
city: DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN
postcode: 20009

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Thomas
Cognome: Dietrich
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 945 298 144
Fax: +34 945 298 217

ES (DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN) participant 336˙848.60
5    BIOTREND - INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA

 Organization address address: "Biocant Park - Nucleo 4, Lote 2"
city: Cantanhede
postcode: 3060-197

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Bruno
Cognome: Ferreira
Email: send email
Telefono: +351 218 419189
Fax: +351 218419189

PT (Cantanhede) participant 303˙622.50
6    NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

 Organization address address: BRIDGE WAY 4A BROOM BUSINESS PARK
city: CHESTERFIELD
postcode: S41 9QG

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Gordon
Cognome: Bishop
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1246 266244
Fax: +44 1246 266249

UK (CHESTERFIELD) participant 230˙612.90
7    WETLANDS INCUBATOR SPRL

 Organization address address: RUE DU LAID BURNIAT 5
city: LOUVAIN LA NEUVE
postcode: 1348

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Christian-Marie
Cognome: Bols
Email: send email
Telefono: +32 108661525
Fax: +32 10861526

BE (LOUVAIN LA NEUVE) participant 223˙525.11
8    EXTRUDER EXPERTS SYSTEMS UG GMBH

 Organization address address: AM STAMMHAUS 8
city: MONSCHAU IMGENBROICH
postcode: 52156

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Dirk
Cognome: Zimmermann
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 2472 912641
Fax: +49 2472 912 643

DE (MONSCHAU IMGENBROICH) participant 155˙871.00
9    BIOREFINERY.DE GMBH

 Organization address address: KANTSTRASSE 55
city: TELTOW
postcode: 14513

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Jörg
Cognome: Beckmann
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 3328 332220
Fax: +49 3328332222

DE (TELTOW) participant 145˙210.00
10    PROMOLDING BV

 Organization address address: LAAN VAN YPENBURG 100
city: DEN HAAG
postcode: 2497 GB

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Jac
Cognome: Gofers
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 1703 074730
Fax: +31 1703 074731

NL (DEN HAAG) participant 130˙144.00
11    Nome Ente NON disponibile

 Organization address address: Teve UTCA 60
city: Budapest
postcode: 1139

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Laszlo
Cognome: Helmajer
Email: send email
Telefono: +36 1 3396841
Fax: +36 1 3305301

HU (Budapest) participant 124˙175.78
12    BH INDUSTRIES PROJECT SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

 Organization address address: Raclawicka 131/35
city: Warszawa
postcode: 02-117

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Ludomir
Cognome: Hexel
Email: send email
Telefono: +48 601237060
Fax: +48 2240 83325

PL (Warszawa) participant 112˙176.88
13    FERMAX ELECTRONICA SA

 Organization address address: AVENIDA TRES CRUCES 133
city: VALENCIA
postcode: 46017

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Sergio
Cognome: Rodriguez Luis
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 96 3178000
Fax: +34 96 3587043

ES (VALENCIA) participant 107˙383.99
14    NATURSTOFF-TECHNIK GMBH

 Organization address address: STENDORFER STRASSE 2
city: RITTERHUDE
postcode: 27721

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Holmer
Cognome: Wöhlk
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 4292 2777
Fax: +49 4292 992 873

DE (RITTERHUDE) participant 87˙365.40
15    ARCELIK A.S.

 Organization address address: "KARAAGAC, SUTLUCE BEYOGLU CAD. NO:2-6"
city: ISTANBUL
postcode: 34445

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Osman Gokhan
Cognome: Ersoy
Email: send email
Telefono: +90 216 5858412
Fax: +90 216 4233045

TR (ISTANBUL) participant 86˙636.10

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 Obiettivo del progetto (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.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biodegradable polymer formed from renewable resources, namely fermentation processes in several kinds of bacteria. Scientists have now overcome the main obstacle to using PHB: poor mechanical properties.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Plastics are made from petroleum that is in increasingly shorter supply. They are not biodegradable and, although they are largely recyclable, recyclation is not always energy efficient. Scientists significantly improved the functionalities of the promising biopolymer PHB through modifications in the fermentation process and reinforcement with bio-based nanofibres.

Work on the EU-funded http://www.bugworkersproject.eu/ (BUGWORKERS) (New tailor-made PHB-based nanocomposites for high performance applications produced from environmentally friendly production routes) project led to a cost-effective and environmentally friendly bio-nanocomposite targeted for household appliances, computers and telecommunications devices.

Investigators successfully developed a route to a tailor-made PHB biopolymer structure with improved functionalities compared to commercially available PHB. These include enhanced thermal and chemical properties, better compatibility with cellulose fibres, greater ease of processing and higher resistance to impact.

The precursor sugar blends that were fed to the bacteria played a critical role. They were obtained from hydrolysed wheat straw as agricultural waste, both cost effective and non-competitive with food production. Optimising the combination of culture media and precursor feeds led to high yield of improved PHB.

Researchers also developed economically feasible processes to yield cellulose nanowhiskers and lignin nanofibres with new functionalities from lignocellulosic wood waste. Enzymes are nature's catalysts and the team used green enzymatic processes to separate out the wood biomass components and produce nanofibres with antimicrobial, flame retardant and self-assembly properties.

Using standard extrusion and injection processes, the team successfully produced complex multi-layer parts using PHB and both types of fibres. The parts demonstrated significant improvements in mechanical properties. Demonstrator components for four different industrial case studies were produced.

Rising petroleum prices along with the need for sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic could ensure faster commercialisation of BUGWORKERS bio-nanocomposites. These fully biodegradable eco-friendly products made from renewable non-food resources could find wide-ranging applications that include packaging and biomedical systems. Major benefits are expected for manufacturers, consumers and the environment.

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