Wood-imitating biocomposites (WOODMIMIC)

Project status


Project execution time

31.08.2018 to 31.08.2021

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Head of the Institute Department

Inese Filipova

Involved laboratories

Cellulose Laboratory

Call, activity

Latvian Council of Science Fundamental and Applied Research Project 2018/1 (LCS FARP 2018/1)

Cooperation partners

Coordinator: Riga Technical University, project leader: Dr. Sergejs Gaidukovs

Partner - Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, Cellulose laboratory

Project goal

The objective of the present WOODMIMIC project is to utilize forest and woody residues biomass side streams to develop novel renewable 100% bio-based polymeric composite materials that mimic wood properties. The developed bio-composites processed by the use of environmentally friendly bio-polymers will have the potential to replace present oil-based raw components (polyolefins), thus efficiently contributing to the burgeoning a bio circular economy. The present wood mimic bio-composites manufacturing concept will be validated and tested according to service performance, stability, degradation, thermal and mechanical properties for the prototypes of wood based industry and plastic product sector. A consortium of Riga Technical University and Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry with a key knowledge and competences covering different aspects of chemical engineering of nanocellulose, wood polymer composites processing, material prototype evaluation and validation in environment reaching a TRL4 is established in the present project.
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Place of project implementation: Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, Dzērbenes street 27, Rīga, LV-1006 (koks@edi.lv).

Total duration of the project: 36 months