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Analytical Cluster (standard protocols)
Computer simulation of lignin production
Industrially 80% phenol replacement in resoles
New lignin production plant in Canada
New lignin production plant in Finland
2 new updated GPC protocols
Molecular mass reference samples
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ECOBINDERS aims to develop new sustainable processes and products using furan and/or lignin based binders for high added-value, environmentally friendly products and services in SME intensive industries. These binders will be used in conjunction with natural fibres and are inherently non-toxic, environmentally friendly, emission-free and waterresistant. Furthermore, a reduction of CO2 emission will be established.
The main objectives are:
  • To develop a new class of biomass based binders consisting of furans and/or sulphur-free lignin
  • To develop innovative and sustainable processes for these multifunctional binders by using an integrated chain approach combining multi-sectorial interests
  • To develop durable wood : a sustainable alternative for currently used, but strongly debated toxic wood protection agents (a.o. chromated copper arsenic salts)
  • To develop emission-free panel & boards for indoor use to replace the traditionally used, formaldehyde releasing, products
  • To develop water and organic solvent resistant 3D design products for in- and outdoor use
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The project has officially finished on February 28th 2008. Newletters and lists of publications are available below.



ECOBINDERS newsletter 1st issue April 2006
ECOBINDERS newsletter 2nd issue May 2007
ECOBINDERS newsletter 3rd issue April 2008

 
Recent publications (after the end of the project)
  • Guigo N., Mija A., Vincent L., Sbirrazzuoli N. (2009) Molecular mobility and relaxation process of isolated lignin studied by multifrequency calorimetric experiments, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 11, 1227–1236
  • Popa V. I., Ungereanu E., Todorciuc T. (2007) On the interaction of lignins, furan resins and furfuryl alcohol in adhesive systems, Cellulose Chem. Technol., 41 (2-3), 119-123
  • Popa V. I., Ungereanu E. (2007) On the biological stability of wood in the presences of some bioprotection agents , Cellulose Chem. Technol., 41 (7-8), 429-436
  • Ciolacu F., Popa V. I. (2008) New aspects concerning formulation of furan and lignin-based bio-adhesive, 10th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp, August 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Popa N., Todirica R., Popa V. I. (2008) Composites based on natural resources: lignocelluloses, lignins and furans, 10th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp, August 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ungereanu E., A.-M. Capraru, Popa V. I. (2008) Biocides based on natural aromatic compounds and their copper complexes, 10th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp, August 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Malutan Th., Popa V. I., Parpalea R. (2008) Contributions to the lignin modification by hydroxymethylation and epoxidation, 10th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp, August 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nguyen T. Q., Abaecherli A., Lora J.H., Lepifre S., Wissler P., Schirg P. (2008) Preparative fractionation of Lignin by membrane ultrafiltration, selective solvent and pH dissolution, International Symposium on Preparative/Process Chromatography (PREP 2008), San José, USA
  • Nguyen T. Q., Abaecherli A., Lora J., Lepifre S., Wissler P., Schirg P., von Arx U. (2008) Molecular weight and functional group analysis of a Soda lignin fractionated by ultrafiltration and selective dissolution, Workshop ILI/COST E50 of Oct 29th 2008, Zürich Switzerland
  • Gosselink R.J.A., van Dam J.E.G. (2008) Valorisation of biorefinery lignins, Workshop ILI/COST E50 of Oct 29th 2008, Zürich Switzerland
  • Barsberg S., Thygesen L. G. (2008) Cross-condensation reactions between furfuryl alcohol and the lignin models vanillyl alcohol and veratryl alcohol, Workshop ILI/COST E50 of Oct 29th 2008, Zürich Switzerland
The papers below have been published before of the end of the project
  • Production and applications for furfural, Dr. Hans Hoydonckx, Transfurans Chemicals At BIOMASS-DERIVED PENTOSES: from Biotechnology to fine Chemistry, REIMS, France, 22nd-25th October 2006
  • Poster on SEC + MALDI for lignins, Richard Gosselink A&F, COST E41 “Analytical tools with applications in wood and pulping chemistry ”, August 31 – September 1, 2006, Vienna, Austria
  • Analytical cluster for lignin characterisation, progress towards standardisation, Alfred Abächerli, International Lignin Institute, Lausanne; Tuan Q. Nguyen and Angela-Guiovana Rincón-Benavides, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne –EPFL; Jairo Lora and Stéphane Lepifre, Granit Recherche Développement SA, Lausanne , COST E41 “Analytical tools with applications in wood and pulping chemistry ”, August 31 – September 1, 2006, Vienna, Austria
  • Eco-friendly composites obtained from natural polymers and polyethylene matrix, G.Constantinescu and V.I.Popa, Proceeding of 9th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp, August, 27-30, 2006, Vienna/Austria, p. 212-215
  • The complexation of natural polyphenols with metal ions, T.Todorciuc, V.I.Popa and T.Malutan, Paper presented at The Fourth International Symposium “Environmentally friendly technologies for the pulp and paper industry”, Braila/Romania, September 5-7, 2006
  • Furan resins and lignin adhesive composition with application in paper and board industry; I.Popa, T.Malutan and F.Ciolacu; Paper presented at Fourth International Symposium “Environmentally friendly technologies for the pulp and paper industry”, Braila/Romania, September, 5-7, 2006
  • Possibilities of using lignin in adhesive systems, E.Ungureanu, V.I.Popa and T.Todorciuc; Celuloza si Hartie (Pulp and Paper), 55 (4), 5-19, 2006
  • Influence of transitional metal ions in the adhesive systems based on lignins, furan resins and furfurryl alcohol, V.I.Popa, T.Todorciuc and E.Ungureanu, Cellulose Chem Technol submitted to be published
  • Some aspects concerning the interaction of lignins, furan resins and furfuryl alcohol in adhesive systems; V.I.Popa, T.Todorciuc and E.Ungureanu, Cellulose Chem Technol submitted to be published
  • Application of modified lignins-formulations to MDF boards and cork panels production, G. Sena-Martins, V. Lourenço, J. Santos, C. Duarte, P. Cortiço, L. Gil, J. Duarte, 15th E. Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 7-11 May 2007
  • Development of ecobinders using technical lignin modified by laccases, G. Sena-Martins, V. Lourenço, J. Santos, C. Duarte, P. Cortiço, L. Gil, J. Duarte, Italic 4, 8-10 May 2007
  • Model-free kinetics: curing behavior of acid catalysed furfuryl alcohol by differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis, N. Guigo, N. Sbirrazzuoli, L. Vincent, A. Mija, H. Hoydoncks, Oral presentation given at the ESTAC9th, Krakow, Poland, August 2007
  • Chemoreological analysis and model-free kinetics of acid catalysed furfuryl alcohol polymerizations, N. Guigo, A. Mija, L. Vincent, N. Sbirrazzuoli,Macromol. Chem. Phys., Submitted (2007)
  • Study of reaction mechanisms in furfuryl alcohol polymerisation, N. Guigo, L. Vincent, A. Mija, N. Sbirrazzuoli, H. Hoydoncks , 233th ACS symposiums-Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials, Chicago, March 2007
  • Matériaux biodégradables issus de ressources renouvelables, Cinétique de polymérisation de l’alcool furfurylique, A. Mija, N. Guigo, L. Vincent, N. Sbirrazzuoli, Oral presentation to be given during the CFR8, Grenoble (France), August 2007
  • Combined Raman spectroscopic and theoretical investigation of fundamental vibrational bands of furfuryl alcohol (2-furanmethanol), S. Barsberg, R.W. Berg, J. Phys. Chem.A 2006, 110, 9500-9504 (2006)
  • Chemical reactions in furfurylation of solid wood – investigated by ATR-IR spectroscopy, T. M. Venås, L.G. Thygesen and S. Barsberg, Oral presentation given at the IRG 37 Annual Conference, Tromsø, Norway, June 2006.
  • Furfuryl alcohol modified wood, T. Elder, T.M. Venås, S. Barsberg and L.G. Thygesen, ACS meeting , Chicago, March 2007
  • Furfurylation of lignin model compounds and cellulose, J.S. Rasmussen, S. Barsberg and L.G. Thygesen, ECWM3, Cardiff, October 2007
  • Is GPC applicable to lignin?, Tuan Q. Nguyen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – EPFL, Lausanne, Alfred Abächerli, International Lignin Institute, Lausanne, Analytical Workshop of 8th ILI Forum of May 12th 2007, Rome, Italy
  • Lignin Analytical Cluster: towards Standardisation of methods, Alfred Abächerli, International Lignin Institute, Lausanne, Analytical Workshop of 8th ILI Forum of May 12th 2007, Rome, Italy

Publications given at the 8th International Lignin Forum of ILI of May 10-12, 2007 (official Ecobinders Dissemination Conference):

  • Selective oxidation of lignin by periodate - R. Gosselink, D. van Es, A. E. Frissen, J.E.G van Dam - Agrotechnology and Food Innovations B.V., the NetherlandsL. Thiel, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, Montpellier, FranceA. Deak - Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Mechanism and kinetics of polymerization of new resins based on lignin/polyfurfuryl alcohol - N. Guigo, L. Vincent, A. Mija, N. Sbirrazzuoli - University of Nice, France S. Lepifre, P. Bono - Granit Recherche Développement SA, Switzerland
  • Study on hydroxymethylation reaction of alkali lignin - V.I. Popa, Th. Malutan, R. Nicu - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • Furfurylation of wood - Possible interactions between furfuryl alcohol and lignin - S. Barsberg, L. Thygesen - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • A novel approach for recovery of lignin from alkaline pulping liquors - I. Nohlgren - Energy Technology Center, Pitea, SwedenC. Lindström - Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner, SwedenL. Stigsson - KIRAM, Sweden
  • Green chemistry and sustainable development - V.I. Popa and I. Volf - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • Natural polyphenolic compounds. Structure, bioavailability and microbial interactions - V.I. Popa - Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, RomaniaN. Anghel, M. Danaila, I. Volf - Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Romania
  • Influence of polyphenols on the biosynthesis of carotenoids by yeast - V.I. Popa, M. Danaila, I. Volf, - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • Properties of modified sulphur-free lignins: methylolated lignins - S. Lepifre, P. Bono, J. Lora - Granit Recherche Développement SA, Switzerland
  • Study concerning composites based on natural resources: lignocelluloses, lignins and furan resins - N. Popa, R. Todorica - SC Fibresin SA, RomaniaV.I. Popa - Technical University of Iasi, RomaniaN. Guigo, A. Mija - University of Nice, France
  • Study concerning the use of sulfur-free lignin in a new class of biomass based adhesives - V.I. Popa, F.Ciolacu - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • The interaction of lignins, furan resins and furfuryl alcohol in adhesive systems - V.I. Popa, E. Ungureanu, T. Todorciuc - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • The impact of transitional metal ions on the adhesive systems based on lignins, furan resins and furfuryl alcohol - V.I.Popa, T. Todorciuc, E.Ungureanu - Technical University of Iasi, Romania
  • Effects of laccase treatments on technical lignins properties - G. Sena-Martins, V. Lourenço, C. Ferreira, J.C. Duarte - INETI, Portugal
  • Performance of two non wood soda lignin derivatives in oriented strandboard powder phenolic adhesives - J. H. Lora - Granit Recherche Developpement SA, SwitzerlandQ. Wu - Louisiana State University, USA
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