Design for Circularity: Lignocellulose based Thermoplastics - FibRe
|Coordinator||Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB - Institutionen för kemi och kemiteknik|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 36 000 000|
|Project duration||January 2020 - December 2024|
Purpose and goal
FibRe´s vision is to enable the transition from fossil- to bio-based thermoplastics that are produced in a sustainable and circular manner. Competence built up in FibRe will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus have a positive environmental impact and contribute to the achievement of the UN environmental target SDG 12. FibRe´s objective is to help answer the basic question: how can lignocellulose be modified as little as possible but still be thermoplastic?
Expected results and effects
FibRe with Chalmers and KTH, + another 20 parties, represent the entire value chain from raw material suppliers, chemical industry, converters, end users to the recycling industries. Lignocellulose itself is not thermoplastic but to achieve it molecular modification is required. Minor modifications cost less and are more environmentally friendly, and can also provide thermoplastics that are degradable. Implementation of competence generated within FibRe will give the parties competitive advantages when switching to lignocellulose-based thermoplastics.
Planned approach and implementation
The strategy is that excellent research in a strong international research environment together with the carefully selected non-competing parties will work to answer the fundamental question. Three unique areas of expertise will work together: molecular modification, thermal processing to shape the materials and advanced characterization to determine the structure & morphology of the materials. Generated results will be disseminated to the partners at joint meetings, reports, as well as to the outside world through publications. FibRe will also have international advisors.