“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.

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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