Project Brief

Bio-based economy in Europe involves 22 million people and turns over roughly 2.4 billion €. The full realization of its huge potential, however, requires expert knowledge and synergy of different competencies. In particular, key questions and bottlenecks awaiting clear answers are:

  • How to design and integrate flexible and product-tailored processes for the available biomass feedstocks?
  • How to integrate chemical and biochemical routes into sustainable biorefining of the given feedstocks?
  • How to relate the biomass extraction and separation processes with the properties of the desired products and the sustainable utilization of the depleted matrices?
  • How the production processes can be integrated into closed loop production?

The overall goal of IProPBio is to exchange complementary theoretical and experimental knowledge of research Staff while looking for innovative answers to such important questions. IProPBio is divided in 4 research oriented work packages plus two supporting packages for internal knowledge sharing and results dissemination. Alternative feedstock and high-value products characterization; thermodynamic data analysis and properties prediction; alternative technological flowsheets for economic and eco-compatible conversion of waste biomass into high value products; mass and energy integration studies to reduce wastes and enhance the profitability; life cycle assessment to determine the net contribution of the best designs to environmental pollution, are the main issues approached in the work packages.

IPropBio will significantly impact:

  • the competitiveness of EU bioeconomy
  • participants’ potential and new carrier perspectives
  • exchange and transfer of high-quality multidisciplinary knowledge, advanced expertise, research and innovation between academic and non-academic participants in EU member states and third countries through the dissemination of the results achieved to target groups and the general public.



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Feb 10, 2023

Thalles Andrade, a previous SDU´s secondee of the IProPBio project, is now a Guest Editor of the special issue “Green Technology towards Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Production” in the Bioengineering journal (ISSN: 2306-5354, IF 5.046).

The deadline for manuscript submission is 31 August 2023 (but an extension can be granted, if necessary). For more details, please visit the website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/bioengineering/special_issues/7I101231SC

Oct 12, 2022

The 3rd workshop related to the IProPBio project: "From biomass Characterisation to Process Synthesis" is going to be in Salamanca the 3rd and 4th of November. 

You can find the programme here

Sep 24, 2022

An excellent post-doc opportunity on System Analysis of an industrial Hydrothermal Liquefaction plant integrated in a wastewater treatment facility at Aarhus University. 

The main responsabilities are:

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
Process simulation and design.
Techno-economic Assessment (TEA).
Sensitivity and scenario analysis.
Data collection and analysis from the industrial Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) plant and the relevant integration (wastewater treatment plant, refinery).
Writing scientific publications of the results obtained from modeling, analysis and integration of the HTL plant.
Active participation in the supervision and training of MSc, and BSc students.

Deadline October 3rd.

Read more and apply here 

Aug 14, 2022

Notice of Competition for the admission to the PhD programme in INNOVATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES of the University of Cagliari - Academic Year 2022/2023, Cycle XXXVIII
Deadline to submit applications and upload evaluable documents: 30th August 2022, 12 p.m. (local time). 

Please notice that one position is reserved to foreign candidates with a degree awarded abroad. 

You can find the call with more info about the PhD programme here 

The University of Cagliari made available also a useful guide to easier the application procedure. You can find the guide here

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