Startdato 1. januar 2008
Sluttdato 31. desember 2012
Finansiert av EU
I samarbeid med University of Pisa (Coordinator), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, University of Almeria, Fundacion CARTIF, University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, PEMU Plastic Processing co., FIAT Research Centre, Organic Waste Systems, Sc Rodax Impex Srl, Ritols Ltd, Incerplast, Wiedemann Gmbh, Neochimiki L.V. Lavrentiadis S.A., Cosmetic

The forest biomass represents an abundant, renewable, no-food competition and low cost resource that can play an alternative role to petro-resources. In spite of positive experimental results industrial production and marketing of materials derived from renewable resources are rarely achieved because of high processing costs and low properties of final products usually targeted to single use sectors devoted to very low costs polymer.


- Forest Resource Sustainability through Bio-Based-Composite Development


Aims of Forbioplast are the differentiate utilizations of forest raw resources or byproducts of forest connected industry for the production of eco-compatible foams and composites suitable for many practical applications with particular attention at the packaging, agriculture and automotive sectors. One topic of the research activity will be focused on the use of wood and paper mill by-products (bark, chips, sawdust, and black liquor) as raw materials for the production of polyurethane foams by an innovative sustainable synthetic process with reduced energy consumption.

Wood fibres can be used as natural fillers to replace synthetic and glass fibres in composites production. Loading of wood fibres is limited by difficult compatibility with hydrophobic polymers. Research activity will be devoted to the production of composites based on wood fibres with biodegradable polymeric matrices (polylactic acid, polycaprolactone, polyhydroxyalkanoates, materbi, etc) and with polypropylene. A high fibres loading content will be achieved by increasing polymeric matrices toughness. Forest waste valorisation will be achieved by microbiological process.

Materials production will be valuated by life cycle assessment and final products will be tested for biodegradation and composting. Composites will be as well evaluated for applications in agriculture, packaging and automotive (textile, panels, interior components). Research activity will be developed in strict cooperation with industries with particular reference to the end users.


Aktuelle saker

  • Fra hudkrem til miljøforpakning

    29. april 2013

    Forskere ved Nofima bidrar i et stort EU-prosjekt der «aktiv» emballasje bygget på råstoff fra rekeskall forbedrer og bevarer matprodukter. Etter bruk lar emballasjen seg kompostere. Miljøstridig plast har fått en konkurrent i nedbrytbar emballasje bygd av kitin og kitosan fra rekeskall.

  • Bioplast mellom bark og ved 14. november 2011


  • Morten Sivertsvik

    Forskningssjef, Prosessteknologi

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