Bio4self Project

Biobased self-functionalised self-reinforced composite materials based on high performance nanofibrillar PLA fibres.

BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and an ultra high stiffness and high Tm one to form the reinforcing fibres. To reach unprecedented stiffness in the reinforcing PLA fibres, we will combine PLA with bio-LCP (liquid crystalline polymer) for nanofibril formation. Further, we will increase the temperature resistance of PLA and improve its durability. This way, BIO4SELF will exploit recent progress in PLA fibre technology. We will add inherent self-functionalization via photocatalytic fibres (self-cleaning properties), tailored microcapsules (self-healing properties) and deformation detecting fibres (self-sensing).

Prototype composite parts for luggage, automotive and home appliances will be demonstrators to illustrate the much broader range of industrial applications, e.g. furniture, construction and sports goods. Our developments will enable to use biobased composites for high end applications, thus contributing to using sustainable and renewable raw materials. Being able to produce, process and sell these novel SRPCs and related composite intermediates will be a clear competitive advantage. First estimates predict a market of at least 35 kton/year, corresponding to ca. 165 M€, within 5 years. Using the PLA SRPCs, BIO4SELF will demonstrate the first fully biobased suitcase, which partner SAMSONITE intends to commercialise to renew its top selling high end line (currently based on self-reinforced polypropylene).

BIO4SELF is a well balanced mix of end-users (large enterprises to maximise impact), technology providers (mainly R&D driven SMEs), R&D actors (RTDs and universities) and innovation support (specialised SMEs). It covers the required expertise, infrastructure, and industrial know-how to realise the innovation potential of the novel high performance biobased SRPCs, both during and beyond the project.

OSM is offering support in the field of exploitation, dissemination activities, market potential technology watch and web identity.

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Completed project

Bio4self is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Τhis project has received funding from the European Union under grant agreement No 685614.

Start date:  1 March 2016
End date:  30 June 2019
Funded under:  H2020-EU.2.1.3.
Overall budget:  € 8 051 688,75
EU contribution:  € 6 772 639,25
Coordinator:  CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL’INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL’INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L
MAIER SCOOP
SAMSONITE EUROPE
ARCELIK A.S.
COMFIL APS
TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
CHEMOSVIT FIBROCHEM SRO
ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS
ION BEAM APPLICATIONS SA
STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT LIMITED

         

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