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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Jul 27, 2022

Are you a creative 14-to-35-year-old person who has interest in bioeconomy?  
Then take part in the bioeconomy creative competition!

We invite you to share your creative vision of bioeconomy in any EU official language or Ukrainian to: 
·       demonstrate the variety of bioeconomy, its opportunities and meaning of it
·       bring different visions and realities to policy makers and to all of us.
More information here: 
Bioeconomy Creative Competition: Show us the bioeconomy in your life! | European Commission (europa.eu)

Jun 14, 2022

The Ipropbio workshop series comes to its third stop in Salamanca. ProGres 3 brings you to the ancient roman city of Helmantica, with its roman bridge, its two cathedrals and the 3rd oldest University in Europe. Welcome and enjoy the science of the multidisciplinary workshop and the beauty of the city from 3-4 November at Palacio Arzobispo Fonseca. To participate, please contact mariano.m3@usal.es since the spots are limited.

Jun 10, 2022

LUT Department of Separation Science seeks a junior researcher (doctoral student) to develop a new biorefinery concept. 

The junior researcher will investigate production of platform chemicals such as small organic acids as well as their recovery and purification. The raw materials are low-grade industrial and municipal wastes that contain polysaccharides such as cellulose. The research includes both experimental work (laboratory and mini-pilot scales) and mathematical modelling and simulation. Simulation tools are available in the group and extensive experience in programming is not required.

The deadline is 26 June 2022 and you can apply here

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