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 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

May 16, 2019

A very productive meeting at ISEL with all the partners from Portugal discussing the future deliverables and the organization of the mid-term review meeting!


Jan 31, 2019

The project Coordinator visited Prof. Marcos Corazza at the Federal University of Paranà and it was the perfect occasion for a chat with Eleni Grilla from University of Patras, Greece studying high pressure phase equilibrium behaviour for the system CO2-ethyl succinate with ethanol as co-solvent and Stefan Stefanov from the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria, who explores the possibilities to obtain high added value products from burdock seeds and/or roots applying a supercritical solvent with co-solvents.

A great team working together!!


Jan 10, 2019

Prof. Marcos Corazza from the Federal University of Paranà (UFPR) won on December 2018 the "Science and Technology Award" from the Science and Technology Secretary
of the State of Paraná, in the Engineering Researcher Category for his contributions on "Process development for biofuels production".

This is a very great news for all the IProPBio Consortium! Congratulations Marcos!


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