An Open Innovation Test Bed for Nano-Enabled Bio-Based PUR Foams and Composites

One of the main goals of the BIOMAT project is to transfer the processing conditions for the production of (nano-)filled polyol and resin formulations from the pilot to the industrial scale.

Polyurethane (PUR) foams used in construction, automotive, furniture and bedding are petroleum based and typically have a high environmental impact. The need for sustainability in these industries leads to the development of cost-efficient processes and added-value products from low carbon footprint materials. The main objective of BIOMAT is to establish an Open Innovation Test Bed (TB) for the benefit of industries and SMEs, aiming to facilitate the cross-border partnership and accelerate innovation in nano-enabled bio-based insulation materials for these industries. Through the creation of a Single-Entry Point (SEP), SMEs and other industrial parties will have open access at a competitive price to physical facilities (pilot production lines) and services (characterization, nanosafety, standardization/regulation, business/marketing plans as well as technological and businessoriented mentoring) which will be focused on manufacturing and testing of nanoparticle-enabled functional PUR-based foams for the above mentioned industrial sectors. The SEP will follow all EC guidelines related to the establishment of new entities providing services through different testbeds across Europe. BIOMAT ecosystem will cover the entire Value Chain (VC) from fundamental biomaterials and functional nanoparticles to the final products and their proof of concept in an industrial environment, thus accelerating the market uptake of the new nano-enabled sustainable biobased products. BIOMAT will, therefore, fill the existing gaps in the VC of these industrial sectors, by providing new services and support at different levels the use of such materials in these key industries.

One of the main goals of the BIOMAT project is to transfer the processing conditions for the production of (nano-)filled polyol and resin formulations from the pilot to the industrial scale. This will be realize by comprehensively considering and adjusting process parameters, i.e. mixing speed, stirrer type, heat transfer, shear, change in inherent dynamics, etc.

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Industry sectors

Project status

  • Current


3. Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion, Spain
4. Bar Ilan University, Israel
5. Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA, Italy
6. CENTITVC - Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Tecnicos Funcionais e Inteligentes Associacao, Portugal
7. CITEVE CERTIFICAÇÃO Unipessoal Lda., Portugal
8. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
9. Coventive Composites & Composites Evolution, United Kingdom
10. european sky, Portugal
11. Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Germany
12. Fundacion Instituto Tecnologico De Galicia, Spain
13. GlobalWise Ltd. Italy
14. Hochschule Kaiserslautern (HSK), Germany
15. INDATECH SAS, France
16. Kessler ProData GmbH, Germany
17. Melodea. Ltd., Israel
18. OSM-DAN LTD, Israel
19. PLASFI SA, Spain
20. Project HUB 360, Italy
21. Public Domain Unipessoal Lda., Portugal
22. RITOLS SIA, Latvia
23. Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain
24. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
25. University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy



Liudmyla Gryshchuk

Postdoc Tailored Thermosets & Biomaterials

Telephone: +49 631 2017 282


This project “BIOMAT“ has received funding from the European Union’s research and innovation program “Horizon 2020“ under grant agreement no. 953270.