BIOMAT - Open innovation test field for nano-based bio-based PUR foams and composite materials

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European Union’s aim is the creation of a sustainable European bioeconomy. In BIOMAT project, EU is specifically funding the development of advanced bio-based foam materials made of polyurethane, which - thanks to built-in nano-elements - are characterized by special functional properties. They are used – inter alia - in buildings, automobiles, furniture and bedding. To accelerate innovation’s development with such materials, a total of 12 new laboratory environments (so-called Open Innovation Test Beds) are being set up by 26 European partners, which are easily accessible to all interested parties from research and industry via a central contact point (Single Entry Point). The new Test Bed at IVW concentrates on developing and validating bio-based resins and formulations with nanoparticles for rigid and semi-rigid foam systems and scaling them from laboratory to pilot scale. A main feature of IVW pilot line is the inline monitoring of quality and functional parameters of the materials as well as the use of digital twins for the manufacturing processes. The project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 953270.


Bernd Wetzel

Research Director Materials Science & Manager Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

Special Expertise: Multifunctional thermosets, nanocomposites, tribology, fracture mechanics, structure-property relationships


Liudmyla Gryshchuk

Postdoc Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

Spezielle Expertise: Polymerchemie & -analytik, multifunktionelle Mono-/Polymere und Nanokapseln, Duroplaste, grüne Chemie, Biomaterialien, Schäume, (Nano-)Verbundwerkstoffe, Hochleistungsbeschichtungen, Photochemie, Mikrowellentechnologie

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