project . 2017 - 2022 . Closed

FibreNet

A Training Network on Designing Novel Bio-based Fibre Products for Targeted Advanced Properties and New Applications
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Funder: European CommissionProject code: 764713 Call for proposal: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
Funded under: H2020 | MSCA-ITN-ETN Overall Budget: 3,832,630 EURFunder Contribution: 3,832,630 EUR
Status: Closed
01 Dec 2017 (Started) 31 May 2022 (Ended)
Description
FibreNet will train young fibre-professionals having multidisciplinary view to develop sustainable bio-based fibre products with tailored properties for different application fields in both academic and non-academic sectors. Bio-based fibre products are one of the corner-stones in the European bio-based industry corresponding to 12% of the employment in manufacturing. The industry, including such sectors as packaging, paper, biocomposites and biomedical and hygienic textiles, is currently undergoing a fundamental transformation in order to respond to the competition raised i) by low-wage countries and ii) by fossil-based materials. A common consensus in Europe is that to remain competitive and sustain the bio-based fibre industries in Europe, we should focus on developing new high added value products that have specific functionalities but reduced environmental impacts. In fibre-based products, developing new properties and improving the performance are, however, typically long and time-consuming processes. They usually involve massive and expensive laboratory and pilot-scale trials, which are followed by statistical analyses. There is a particular knowledge gap in understanding the influence of fibre and fibre interface properties on the mechanical properties of the end-product especially when developing products with tailored performance and functionalities. In addition to the research gap, there is a training gap in Europe, as we do not currently have a training programme which would educate professionals having a skill set needed for the fibre-centered approach that we propose in FibreNet. To fill the research and training gaps, we propose here a unique training and research network which provides and further develops knowhow, methods and tools in functionalization, characterization, numerical modelling and production of bio-based fibre products at multiple length scales. The network covers expertise on packaging, paper, biocomposites and biomedical textiles.
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