SUSBIND Industry Online Seminar: “From science to production – achievements so far”

SUSBIND is proud to announce its upcoming Industry Online seminar: “From science to production – achievements so far” that will take place on May 18, 2022 from 10:10 to 11:50 CEST. The seminar will showcase the best of project results and findings from our five European industry partners that develop and test bio-based furniture binders for furniture.

You can download the presentations here!

As the climate changes, the furniture of the future will have to be sustainable, multi-functional and efficient and today’s manufacturers are already starting to explore these areas, paving the way for future developments. The wood board industry already having the circular economy in mind currently relies on the use of mainly fossil-based binders, largely formaldehyde-based binders. A number of initiatives are underway to produce alternative binders from renewable resources, but a bio-based binder at industrial scale does not yet exist.

SUSBIND’s collaborative partnership of six research and five industry partners has made substantial progress in developing highly sustainable bio-based binders that will in future replace conventional fossil-based ones currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products.

The SUSBIND consortium is looking at meeting the future needs and constraints of the furniture industry, consumers and regulatory bodies to reduce formaldehyde emissions across the furniture value chain, as well contributing to decarbonisation of the industry.

The aim of this online seminar is to share experience and present the best of SUSBIND industry project results, to open debates for future trends as well as to attract attention of relevant stakeholders.

New unspecific peroxygenase for the production of epoxidized fatty acids

Unspecific peroxygenases (UPOs) constitute a family of fungal heme-thiolate enzymes which employ hydrogen peroxide to catalyze regio- and stereoselective oxygenation of both aromatic and aliphatic compounds, an interesting reaction with several biotechnological applications. In the frame of the SUSBIND project, the IRNAS-CSIC (Seville), the University of Dresden (Germany), JenaBios SME (Germany), and the “Biotechnology for Lignocellulosic Biomass” group from Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Margarita Salas (CIB-CSIC, Madrid), UPOs have employed UPOs for the selective production of unsaturated fatty acid epoxides from plant fatty acids and oils to be used as bio-based binders for board production.

Nowadays, several thousands of putative UPO sequences can be found in genetic databases and fungal genomes, but just a few fungal UPOs have been purified and characterized from their natural producers or heterologous expression in other microorganisms. Although there are examples of UPOs expressed in Aspergillus, yeast, or bacteria, the heterologous expression of UPOs is still the bottleneck for UPOs study and further application.

At CIB-CSIC, the limited repertoire of UPOs enzymes available has been expanded with two new UPOs from the ascomycetes Collariella virescens (syn. Chaetomium virescens) and Daldinia caldariorum obtained by heterologous expression of their genes in Escherichia coli as soluble and active enzymes. These results have been published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The purified UPOs have been characterized using oleic acid to explore the fatty acid oxyfunctionalization ability of the two new UPOs by gas chromatography spectrometry. 9-11 epoxy oleic is the main product of the CviUPO, with traces of hydroxyl/keto derivatives of oleic acid. In contrast, no epoxides were found in the reaction with DcalUPO, which generates only the hydroxy, keto, and hydroxyl/keto derivatives of oleic acid.

Homology molecular models of these enzymes showed three conserved and two differing residues on the distal side of the heme. These changes cause structural differences reflected in the widening of their substrate access channels to the heme where catalysis occurs, and are relevant for the different oxygenation products obtained from the unsaturated fatty acid by these UPOs.

Distal side of the heme pockets (up) and surfaces (with heme groupo as CPK-colored sticks) in the molecular models of the new CviUPO and DcalUPO.

Reference: Two new unspecific peroxygenases from heterologous expression of fungal genes in Escherichia coli. Linde D., Olmedo A., González-Benjumea A., Renau C., Estévez M., Carro J., Fernández-Fueyo E., Gutiérrez A., Martínez A.T. 2020. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 18;86(7):e02899-19

Authors of the scientific article L.Linde, J.Carro and A.Gonnález-Benjumea also presenting their research in the SUSBIND online seminar on April 6.

“New technologies from the lab for innovative bio-based binders” – SUSBIND Research Online Seminar

SUSBIND is proud to announce its upcoming Research Online seminar on “New technologies from the lab for innovative bio-based binders” that will take place on April 6, 2022. The seminar will showcase the best of project results and findings from the SUSBIND research project, from our six European scientific partners that develop bio-based furniture binders for furniture.

Download SUSBIND Research Seminar presentations here!

SUSBIND’s collaborative partnership of six research and five industrial partners is making substantial progress in developing highly sustainable bio-based binders. It is envisaged that these binders will in future replace the conventional fossil-based ones currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products.

The SUSBIND binder aims to achieve a significantly lower carbon footprint and reduce formaldehyde emissions, thus making a meaningful contribution in improving the public health and helping mitigate climate change. Hand in hand with the EU’ Green Deal targets, SUSBIND also provides cutting-edge clean technological innovation by converting carbohydrates and vegetable oils to binder precursors by “mild” technologies.

The European carbohydrate market shows the potential to play an important role as a significant source of alternative binders for the wood board industry. The vegetable oil production in Europe is in its place offering the opportunity for a partial replacement of the actual binder system since sustainability elements indicate a better role as specialty ingredients rather than as commodity chemicals.

This online seminar will showcase the innovative solutions the project delivers in terms of novel technologies, both for enzymatic conversion of lipids and thermo-chemical conversion of carbohydrates which are scalable and applicable in numerous industrial relevant environments.

Here you will discover more on the research innovations established from the lab including fungi as innovative biocatalysts, tailoring UPOs for fatty-acid epoxidation, scaling-up lipid epoxidation with lipases, and new methods and technologies for production of carbohydrate-based binders and lab-scale resin developments.

The aim of this online seminar is to share experience and present the best of SUSBIND research project results, open debates for future trends as well as to attract attention of relevant stakeholders.


Presentations by: Cargill, CIB CSIC, IRNAS, JenaBios, Fraunhofer, TU Dresden, and Wood K plus

Moderation by: Massimo Bregola, Global Technology Lead Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomers – Cargill & SUSBIND Scientific Coordinator

10:10-10:20 – Ambition and results of SUSBIND:

Massimo Bregola, Cargill & SUSBIND Scientific Coordinator

10:20-10:35 – Unspecific peroxygenases (UPOs): From fungi to innovative Biocatalysts

Daniel Zänder, CEO JenaBios; Alexander Karich, Scientist at TU Dresden

10:35-10:50 Tailoring UPOs for fatty-acid epoxidation

Lola Linde, Senior Researcher and Juan Carro, Senior Researcher at CIB CSIC;

Alejandro González-Benjumea, Scientist IRNAS

10:50-11:05 – Scale-up lipid epoxidation with lipases

Susanne Zibek, Head of the Bioprocess Development group at Fraunhofer IGB and

Alexander Beck, Scientist at Fraunhofer IGB

11:05-11:15 – A new technology for production of carbohydrate-based binders

Erik Van Herwijnen, Deputy Area Manager at Wood K plus

11:15-11:25 Lab-scale resin development

Wilfried Sailer-Kronlacher, Research Assistant at Wood K plus

11:25-11:45 – Expert panel discussion, followed by Q&A



SUSBIND’s collaborative partnership of six research and five industry partners from the EU has made substantial progress this year in developing highly sustainable bio-based binders that will in future replace conventional fossil-based ones currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products.

Towards the Green Deal

The SUSBIND binder aims at containing a significantly lower carbon footprint, while also reducing formaldehyde emissions and thus making a meaningful contribution in improving the public health and helping mitigate climate change. Hand in hand with the Green Deal targets, SUSBIND also provides cutting-edge clean technological innovation by converting carbohydrates and vegetable oils to binder precursors by “mild” technologies, i.g. by converting carbohydrates to Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and vegetable oils and derivates to epoxides.

SUSBIND adhesive and board samples

New alternative technology to incumbent adhesives

As recently suggested by the Scientific Coordinator, Massimo Bregola of Cargill, at the EFIB conference in Oct in Vienna, Austria the wood board industry of today delivers excellent results both in terms of economic, environmental and social perspectives as consequences of decades of process improvement. A completely new alternative to incumbent adhesive technology is a challenge which requires dedication and collaboration across the whole supply chain.

The European carbohydrate market shows the potential to play an important role as a significant source of alternative binders for the wood board industry. The vegetable oil production in Europe is in its place offering the opportunity for a partial replacement of the actual binder system since sustainability elements indicate a better role as specialty ingredients rather than as commodity chemicals.

The project delivered novel technologies, both for enzymatic conversion of lipids and thermo/chemical conversion of carbohydrates which are scalable and applicable in industrial relevant environments.

Massimo Bregola of Cargill (on the right) presents SUSBIND at EFIB 2021 with Stephen Webb of RTDS (left)

Pilot scale evaluation of a new bio-based binder

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions and regulated access to laboratories and work environments, two Austrian SUSBIND partners, EGGER and Wood K Plus started a pilot scale evaluation of the new bio-based binder system in early 2021. This is one of the most important project milestones, opening the way for increased production capacities.

Sugar syrup as the secret ingredient

In the process of developing bio-based binders, SUSBIND tested several carbohydrate feedstocks like fructose, glucose, maltodextrin and found out that fructose-based adhesives have the fastest cure speed and that Fructose 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural improves the tensile shear strength of the adhesive system.

Production of adhesive precursors from carbohydrates via acidic dehydration and catalyst selection according to green chemistry principles that involved utilisation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural as adhesive crosslinker show promising results of the resin system is that is 85% bio-based. These precursors can be applied directly and the boards containing the SUSBIND adhesive fulfil the standard requirements for indoor furniture quality. The conversion of fructose to HMF was successfully implemented in a continuous microreactor as well as a pressurised batch reactor as shown in this compelling video.

Board hot-pressing and more to come

As a fine recap of the year, the research results were taken from the lab to the factory, the SUSBIND binder was applied to the wood chips in the hot press and the wood particle boards were pressed at the EGGER Group facilities in Austria, as illustrated in this demonstration video.

SUSBIND board pressing at EGGER Group (c) EGGER Group

Stay tuned for the next chapter as the SUSBIND journey will continue next year at our medium-density fibreboard (MDF) producer Valbopan in Portugal, and will then travel north to Sweden, to reach its final destination with our partner and global furniture producer IKEA.

Time ripe for synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology

Research and development in industrial biotechnology contributes to the growing European bioeconomy which according to the European Commission is worth around 614 billion euros and provides approximately 17.5 million jobs.

The leading industrial biotech event that represents this sector is the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) which opens in Vienna next week on Wednesday, 6 October until Thursday, 7 October.

The EFIB Forum will be held face-to-face which comes as a relief to many deprived of networking opportunities since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic in January 2020. Research , industry and SME from the Horizon 2020/BBI JU projects  SUSBIND and SUSFERT will be present at the event.

Both projects are hosted at the stand by communications partner RTDS. BBI JU Executive Director, Philippe Mengal, plans to visit the RTDS stand on Wednesday, where he will meet RTDS CEO, Stephen Webb, and project partners  project to discuss progress made, and challenges ahead in achieving a circular bioeconomy in Europe.

SUSBIND is a collaborative European research project in the field of bioeconomy that aims to replace conventional fossil-fuel binders currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture with highly sustainable bio-based binders. By substituting fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources, carbon footprint of mass-produced furniture products will be reduced. A sustainable and economically viable binder will increase the marketability of bio-based furniture products.

Project partner Wood K plus, a leading research institute in the area wood and wood-related renewable resources developing the alternative bio-based adhesives based on carbohydrates together with EGGER have recently completed the pilot scale evaluation of a new bio-based binder system. “This is one of the most important project milestones, opening the way for increased production capacities” say Erik van Herwijnen, Team Leader “Advanced Bonding” at Wood K plus.

Scientific Coordinator, Massimo Bregola of Cargill is encouraged that this will lead to major breakthroughs. “The expertise brought together under the SUSBIND project will finally see development of a bio-based binder able to compete on an industrial scale. As we become increasingly demanding of green production methods in all areas, SUSBIND will provide Europe with a competitive advantage” he says.

Massimo Bregola- Global Technology Lead Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomers – Cargill

Additionally, the SUSBIND partners will join BBI JU Executive Director, Philippe Mengal, and Sustainability and External Affairs Lead, Cargill Bioindustrial, Marty Muenzmaier, on the podium for EFIB’s final session OUTLOOK: The pathway to the future for industrial biotechnology. Both SUSBIND and SUSFERT are funded by the Biobased Industry Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

SUSFERT is developing new biobased fertilisers to reduce dependency on unsustainable phosphorus imports into the EU. These fertilisers include novel controlled-release coatings from lignin as well as lignosulfonate-based soil improvers originating from wood pulp.  Waste sidestreams such as struvite is utilised to substitute imported phosphorus. The loss of nutrients from fertilisers in agriculture are being addressed by using probiotics to increase nutrient availability as the demand for food and feed rises.

Meet the SUSBIND and SUSFERT experts and discover the advances for the bioeconomy at Stand 5 during EFIB.

View the best moments from EFIB 2021 here.

A Word on Bioeconomy from Susanne Zibek of Fraunhofer IGB

In the “in demand” series, Fraunhofer IGB introduces the people behind the exhibits in the “Bioeconomy” and we are sharing an interview of one of our key scientists from the SUSBIND project.

We are conducting our eleventh interview with Dr.-Ing. Susanne Zibek from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart. She conducts research on the cleansing properties of biosurfactants produced by fungi. You can find out more about this at the “Clean thanks to fungi” exhibit.

(C) Fraunhofer IGB: Susanne Zibek

How would you explain the term bioeconomy in simple terms?

In the future, we would like to use plants, biological residues and waste to make products for different industries. Examples are the areas for the production of plastics, detergents, cleaning and personal care products, paints, varnishes and coatings. First, the biological substances are separated and then converted by chemical reactions, enzymes or microorganisms. This is how you get bio-based molecules that can then be incorporated into consumer products.

What are you researching?

We develop processes with which new bio-based molecules can be produced from renewable raw materials. One example is the production of biosurfactants that can be used in detergents, cleaning agents and cosmetics. Biosurfactants have cleansing properties and can be produced by fungi in a bioreactor. The fungi are fed with sugar and vegetable oil. A biosurfactant is then naturally formed in the metabolism of the fungus and then discharged from the cell. The biosurfactant can then be purified and sent to companies to test its use.

Do you have an idea / wish where the results of your research could lead?

My vision is that we will soon have many shampoos, shower gels, creams, dishwashing detergents and detergents that contain our biosurfactant.

Which bioeconomic achievement would you like to see successfully implemented in everyday life by 2035?

I hope that the industry will produce more sustainable consumer products. It would be good to manufacture plastics, detergents and cleaning agents as well as textiles in a more environmentally friendly way and also to enable their recycling. I also wish that people would be more careful with their consumption.

What is the subject of your exhibit?

Our exhibit shows that we use plant-based substances such as sugar, straw or rapeseed to produce detergent substances. We use fungi for this, which naturally combine sugar and oil to produce biosurfactants. These can then be utilized in detergents.

What can visitors look forward to in your exhibit?

What does such a microorganism actually look like? At the exhibit, visitors can see microscopic images of Ustilago maydis. We called him Maydi. A comic illustrates how he makes the biosurfactants so that he has enough foam when bathing.

(c) Fraunhofer IGB: Ustilago-maydis-cellobioselipide2_Hellfeld

What do you find exciting about taking part in an exhibition like the one on the MS Wissenschaft?

It is important to us that we support the next generation and show how exciting research is and what can be done with plants and with biotechnology.

Was there anything that made you despair / think / laugh when you designed your exhibit? If yes, what?

Most people don’t know that there are so many microorganisms that we can use technically to make useful things. Perhaps many people are familiar with the production of alcohol with yeast in a fermentation reactor. Yeast is also a fungus. We proceed in a similar way: We also feed our fungi with sugar and oil, and we can produce a biosurfactant instead of alcohol. But there are numerous other microorganisms with which you can e.g. can produce lactic acid, acetic acid and many other bio-based molecules in the bioreactor.

If you are curious, you can take a first look at the exhibit here .

Original interview conducted by Fraunhofer IGB here.

Early-stage life cycle assessment in SUSBIND

The SUSBIND project aims to develop a new bio-based adhesive system for particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF) that achieves two main environmental goals:

  • a 5% lower carbon footprint;
  • lower human health impacts compared to the benchmark.

In a previous blog, CE Delft explained how progress towards these environmental goals is monitored and how life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to determine the carbon footprint of the new adhesive system. In this article, we would like to highlight why LCA is used at a very early stage of product development, and how this links to uncertainties and collaboration within the SUSBIND consortium.

Why apply life cycle assessment (LCA) early on in the development process?

By conducting an LCA early in a technological development process, environmental results can be used to make more informed, and ultimately better, decisions.

We know that a lot of choices need to be made when developing a completely new product. For example, for bio-based chemicals it may be possible to use different agricultural crops, there might be different chemical conversion processes to convert feedstocks into desired products, and different amounts of energy and auxiliary materials may be required. These choices all affect the final carbon footprint of the product as determined in an LCA (as well as other environmental performance indicators).

However, as development progresses from an initial idea towards lab-scale testing and pilot trials, it becomes increasingly difficult to switch to a different production route (or bio-based feedstock, or conversion process, or…). The choice to focus on one option therefore ‘closes the door’ on others. Applying LCA ensures that we understand the environmental consequences of these decisions, enabling the partners to stay as close to SUSBIND’s environmental goals as technically feasible.

By using LCA early on, we can show the environmental implications of different options so that they can explicitly be considered in the decision-making process. Environmental impacts can then be taken into account alongside other criteria, such as technical performance, feedstock availability, or costs.

Illustration of a technological development process. Over time, process data becomes increasingly certain as the process is developed and optimised. However, the room to make changes to the process decreases.

How are uncertainties in the analyses dealt with?

While we know that all carbon footprint studies typically have some degree of uncertainty, these uncertainties larger when conducting LCA early in a technological development process. For example, the chemical conversion route can still be changed, the types and amounts of reactants required still need to be fine-tuned, the energy balance is not yet optimised when working in a laboratory, etc.

In the environmental analyses for SUSBIND, CE Delft works with the best-available data at that time. If there are uncertainties or if assumptions need to be made, we clearly note these in the reports. In addition, the most important uncertainties/assumptions are studied in sensitivity analyses. For example, if we do not know how much energy a process requires, we can make an educated assumption. Subsequently, we can use sensitivity analyses to evaluate whether this uncertainty strongly affects a study’s conclusions. This approach can provide further guidance to the industrial partners by showing them which process parameters are critical and where it may be beneficial to gather improved data.

In our view, it is essential that we cooperate closely with the industrial partners in SUSBIND, since this ensures that we have a good understanding of the process, the data and their uncertainties.

What does the collaboration with the industrial partners in SUSBIND look like?

The industrial consortium partners work on various aspects of the technological development of new bio-based resins. Within CE Delft, we depend on their expertise and knowledge when conducting the carbon footprint analyses.

To start a new LCA, we typically prepare a detailed data questionnaire which is shared with one or several industrial partners (see the example below). This provides a good starting point for modelling the process and analysing its environmental impacts.

Click to enlarge: Example of a data questionnaire used for Deliverable 5.1

Click to enlarge: Example of a data questionnaire used for Deliverable 5.1

When we generate the first results of a new analysis, we often see that new questions arise. In addition, we may identify key parameters that drive the environmental performance of a studied product. Therefore, the results are extensively discussed among project partners to see whether the input data and modelling are correct and identify remaining issues (if any).

In the course of the overall SUSBIND process, we are continually refining our data sheets and values together with the industrial partners as the chemical production routes are optimised further and become more certain. This enables all of us to stay as close to SUSBIND’s environmental goals as technically feasible.



Martijn Broeren, senior consultant/researcher CE Delft

SUSBIND in the Surface Coatings International Journal

Our project SUSBIND got featured in the Surface Coatings International (SCI)– Journal of the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association.

We are sharing the original version here with you: “SUSBIND: Carbohydrate conversion to highly reactive intermediate chemicals for adhesives

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Sulfuric Acid-Catalyzed Dehydratization of Carbohydrates for the Production of Adhesive Precursors

SUSBIND develops the chemical syntheses for producing the carbohydrate-based amino-plastic, and other wood resin systems. This will polymerise urea and other monomers using intermediates derived from high-purified carbohydrates during WP1. This allows investigation of the reactions of the carbohydrates during resin synthesis and to test other modification reactions. This should deliver precursors suitable for using as bio-based binders for wood board production. Resins can be produced on laboratory scale to investigate properties and the most promising candidates are upscaled to pilot level to allow them to be validated as binders. Our Austrian partner WoodKPlus presents how this is done in its most recent publication. We share an extract below.

Switching to renewables

Today’s chemical industry still strongly relies on oil and other fossil resources as the main source of bulk chemicals and energy. Rising demands and diminishing fossil resources along with rising awareness of environmental problems drive the search for more sustainable alternatives. The interest in fuels and chemicals derived from renewables is therefore growing fast and a lot of R&D is done to convert biomass into valuable products. Biomass is the only widely available carbon source besides oil, gas and coal, and 75% of the available biomass are carbohydrates, such as starch, cellulose, or hemicelluloses.[1]

5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) and its great industrial potential

The conversion of these carbohydrates into valuable chemicals, e.g., furanic compounds such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), has therefore huge industrial potential. 5-HMF is considered a key platform chemical since it can be converted into a variety of other valuable compounds. It has been called a “sleeping giant” along with furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), a compound that can be derived directly from 5-HMF and may be a renewable alternative for terephthalic acid in polyester or polyamide production.[2]

Extensive literature on the production of 5-HMF is available, including good overviews of synthesis procedures, solvent systems, and proposed reaction mechanisms (Van Putten et al.[3]). Recently, we have added an outline of the challenging development of industrial 5-HMF production processes.[4]One of the main challenges in 5-HMF production is the formation of side products. In general, hexoses are dehydrated by acid catalysis to form 5-HMF. 5-HMF is easily rehydrated to levulinic and formic acid, on the one hand, and also polymerizes, on the other hand, thereby forming complex, black-colored residues called humins.

Figure 1. Conversion of fructose to 5-HMF and rehydration to the byproducts levulinic acid and formic acid via side reaction.


Carbohydrates and hexose-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) are platform chemicals for the synthesis of sustainable binders. New, greener approaches aim at the development of production systems, which minimize process steps and avoid organic solvents or other auxiliaries that could interfere with subsequent resin synthesis. In our work, carbohydrate solutions rich in 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) were produced using a continuous-flow microreactor and diluted H2SO4 as the catalyst. After optimization of the process conditions (temperature, reaction time, catalyst content), a 5-HMF yield of 49% was obtained at a low reaction time of 0.6 min and a catalyst concentration of 1% at 175 °C and 17 bar pressure. Extensive rehydration of the product was avoided by efficient immediate cooling of the reaction solution. The stability of the reaction system was improved by increasing the inner diameter of the capillary in the flow reactor to 2 mm. Advantageously, the obtained reaction mixtures are used directly as precursors in the development of sustainable binder systems, without the need of additional purification, filtration, or extraction steps. Read the full article here.

(c) Woodkplus


Authors of the publication:

Wilfried Sailer-Kronlachner, *Email:,

Catherine Thoma, Stefan Böhmdorfer, Markus Bacher, Johannes Konnerth, Thomas Rosenau, Antje Potthast, Pia Solt, and Hendrikus W. G. van Herwijnen

Wood K plus—Competence Center of Wood Composites and Wood Chemistry, Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, Altenberger Str. 69, A-4040 Linz, Austria

Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials, Department of Material Science and Process Engineering University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Konrad-Lorenz Str. 24, A-3430 Tulln, Austria


[1] Röper, H. Renewable Raw Materials in Europe–Industrial Utilisation of Starch and Sugar. Starch/Staerke 2002, 54, 89– 99,  DOI: 10.1002/1521-379x(200204)54:3/;2-i [Crossref], [CAS], Google Scholar

[2] Sousa, A. F.; Vilela, C.; Fonseca, A. C.; Matos, M.; Freire, C. S. R.; Gruter, G.-J. M.; Coelho, J. F. J.; Silvestre, A. J. D. Biobased polyesters and other polymers from 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid: a tribute to furan excellency. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 5961– 5983,  DOI: 10.1039/C5PY00686D [Crossref], [CAS], Google Scholar

[3] van Putten, R.-J.; van der Waal, J. C.; de Jong, E.; Rasrendra, C. B.; Heeres, H. J.; de Vries, J. G. Hydroxymethylfurfural, Versatile Platform Chemical Made from Renewable Resources. Chem. Rev. 2013, 113, 1499– 1597,  DOI: 10.1021/cr300182k [ACS Full Text ACS Full Text], [CAS], Google Scholar

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The Market-driven Circular & Bioeconomy EU Green Week Partner Event brings together both science and industry of five European projects based on in the fields of low impact forestry & agriculture, low/no fossil chemistry and decarbonised transport. These include BIOVEXO Project – Biopesticides to fight Xylella, SUSFERT – SUStainable FERTtilisers, SUSTAINair – Sustainable aerospace value chains TECH4EFFECT – precision forestry and SUSBIND – SUStainable bio BINDers all of which are industry-driven circular and bioeconomy projects funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU).

In line with the recently adopted action plan of the EC “Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil – building a Healthier Planet for Healthier People”, the 2021 EU Green Week aims to showcase best practice projects, each contributing towards achieving zero pollution in their respective fields.

SUSBIND will be presented at the Green Week event by its Scientific-Coordinator of Cargill, Massimo Bregola who will discuss the importance of biobased binders and adhesives as well as green production methods and what they mean for the industry and the future of Europe. Our IKEA project partner representative, Johan Bruck, Material and Innovation Lead, will present lessons learned in SUSBIND in a panel discussion.

The registration for the event is free, however places are limited. Please REGISTER here!