- Written by Anna Strom
In a possible new round of Bio4Energy, which research environment so far has been granted funding for the years 2010-2015, research to develop bio-based materials for specific industrial applications is likely to get a more prominent role.
While, thus far, one of Bio4Energy's groups at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Sweden has developed a composite material being upscaled for use in water purification applications, others are looking into what might be made out of the tree polymer lignin. Yet others work to turn cellulose derivatives into textiles or similar products.
Also, recently, a Bio4Energy PI working to rid thermal biomass conversion processes of polluting emissions, launched a new initiative to create "smart" materials with a low environmental impact from low-value waste fractions of biomass.
"There has been much interest taken in creating applications for polymer-based materials, but these have not always turned out to be sustainable. Here we want to create materials which help close the loop in terms of a product’s impact on the environment.