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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Apr 19, 2020

Despite these difficult times, IProPBio is progressing performing research with the data acquired in the previous months. Moreover we are confident to be able to organize the second project workshop in September 2020. 

The location will be Lisbon and the workshop title is "Valuable products from residual biomasses Towards a greener society (ProGreS) From biomass characterization to process synthesis". 

Please download the flyer of the event here

Mar 6, 2020

The works presented during the first project workshot  “Valuable products from residual biomasses. Towards a greener society (ProGreS): Biomass selection, characterization and valorization" are published in the Bulgarian Chemical Communications (BCC) - Volume 51, Special Issue B-2019. 

BCC is an open access journal and you can download the special issue here


Aug 4, 2019

The programme of the first workshop is now available here. We will have the honor to host Professor Sir William A. Wakeham for a very interesting key note lecture about "The Dangerous Nexus of Process Simulation, Molecular Modelling and Physical Reality". 

Book your ticket to Sofia and celebrate with us 150 years jubilee of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences!

Jul 28, 2019

The IProBio Consortium is proud to announce its first workshop: “Valuable products from residual biomasses. Towards a greener society (ProGreS): Biomass selection, characterization and valorization” The workshop is hosted by the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in Sofia from the 23rd to the 24th of September 2019. The workshop will run simultaneously to the celebration of the 150 jubilee of the Bulgarian Academy of Science!

Join us in Sofia!

Find the workshop poster here

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