About BioCatPolymers


BioCatPolymers will demonstrate a cost-effective, sustainable and efficient cascade technological route for the conversion of low-value, low-quality residual biomass to bio-polymers with equal or better performance than their fossil-based counterparts.

BioCatPolymers is specifically aiming at the efficient and economic production of isoprene and 3-methyl 1,5-pentanediol (3MPD), two monomers with very large markets that can be further processed in the existing infrastructure for fossil-based polymers for the production of elastomers and polyurethanes, respectively.

This ambitious target will be attained by optimizing and demonstrating the entire value chain, starting from the pre-treatment of low quality biomass to biological fermentation to MVL, separation of MVL from the fermentation broth, selective catalytic conversion to the targeted monomer, purification to polymer grade quality and polymerization to the final polymer product.

The novel approach proposed in this project surpasses the impediments of traditional solely bio-based approaches. It aims at producing bio-isoprene at 50% cost reduction and 3MPD at 70% cost reduction compared to average market prices, by optimizing the platform cell factories and all downstream processes and integrating the process modules, thereby increasing the competitiveness of biological processes in terms of economics.





PROJECT TITLE Sustainable and efficient bio-chemical catalytic cascade conversion of residual biomass to high quality biopolymers
THEME Call for nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and production
TYPE OF ACTION IA (Innovation action)
CONSORTIUM 7 beneficiaries from 5 countries, including 1 research center, 1 non-profit organization, 2 large companies & 3 SMEs
START 1/1/2018
DURATION 48 Months
BUDGET 5,339,235.08 €
FUNDING 4,362,047.56 €

Work plan

The project consists of three dedicated WPs for management (WP8), exploitation (WP6) and dissemination of the results (WP7) and five technical WPs, WP1 to WP5. WPs 1-3 will undertake the optimization and validation of the key steps in the proposed technology from raw feedstock to the targeted bio-based monomers and polymers, namely pretreatment and hydrolysis (WP1), fermentation and separation (WP2) and thermocatalytic conversions (WP3). WP4 will validate the entire technology chain at large pilot scale level (TRL 6), based on optimized process conditions and catalysts for all the technologies involved. WP5 will cover the value-chain analysis under industrially relevant environments including scale-up engineering, conceptual process design and costing of the technology, as well as environmental impact analysis. Risks, economic viability and business plan development will be addressed in WP6.  



The BioCatPolymers project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU, under Grant Agreement No 760802.