The ValBio-3D project – Valorization of residual biomass for advanced 3D materials – developed efficient technologies for production of sustainable and 100% biobased materials from agro-industrial residues, addressing the bioeconomy of the future, and based on cost-efficient production of biochemicals, bioplastics, biocomposites and tailor-made nanocelluloses. The ValBio-3D project was a three-year project (2017-2019) and counted with the collaboration of 3 European and 3 South American R&D groups, in addition to the involvement of relevant industry.

Left) 3D printed construct composed of TEMPO oxidized bagasse nanocellulose and alginate. Right) 3D printed self-standing ear model using high consistency nanocellulose from pine residues (Photos: Gary Chinga Carrasco, RISE PFI).
Left) 3D printed construct composed of TEMPO oxidized bagasse nanocellulose and alginate. Right) 3D printed self-standing ear model using high consistency nanocellulose from pine residues (Photos: Gary Chinga Carrasco, RISE PFI).

 

“This project has corroborated our hypotheses, that industrial agro- and forestry waste can be valued, in particular, sugarcane bagasse and pine sawdust, transforming them into high-value products such as wound dressings or sustainable biocomposites. This avoids the need to deposit or burn this waste, also providing economic gains

Dr. Maria Cristina Area (IMAM, Argentina)
coordinator of the project.

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