Coordinated by AITEX, r-LightBioCom brings together a multidisciplinary consortium consisting of 15 project members from research and academia as well as from the automotive, aeronautics and construction industry from 4 European countries (Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Germany) and one associated EU country (UK).
7 technological research experts and universities (AITEX, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Hochschule Kaiserslautern, The Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe, The German Aerospace Center, CIDAUT Foundation, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and Coventry University) carry out research activities to develop innovative technologies and solutions to achieve the objectives. These are complemented by 7 industrial technology developers and validators (AEP Polymers, FeyeCon, Gen2Carbon, FECSA, Centro Ricerche FIAT, Acciona and Aciturri) who have the production infrastructure and know-how to implement the proposed solutions in the market and establish new circular value chains. Market orientation is guaranteed with an exploitation strategy individual business plans, both defined by Coventry University Services.
AITEX research work has culminated in the signing of several bilateral agreements with centres from around the world to exchange experiences, participate in international R+D projects and generate know-how to provide the private sector with a value-added factor for their products. AITEX, is a research & innovation center which performs characterisation trials and certification of textile materials and articles for a wide range of sectors including interior design, fashion, work wear, healthcare, sports and leisure, land and sea transport, aerospace and sports surfaces.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public university that specialises in the fields of architecture, engineering, aeronautics, economics, health sciences and applied mathematics. The Group of Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology (GBMI) at UPC is a multidisciplinary research group combining basic and applied research in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, polymer engineering and genetic engineering towards the development of bio-based or bio-inspired technologies and high added value products. During the last 15 years GBMI has participated in 22 European projects in the area of applied biotechnology, nanotechnology and health, raising over €70 millions of total funding.
In r-LightBioCom, partner UPC will provide expertise in the nano-formulation of bio-based enzymatically-upgraded lignocellulose biomass for application as structural and functional additives in lightweight composites.