From universities to associations: meet BIOMAT’s partners

26 international partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Latvia, and Israel composes the BIOMAT’s consortium. They are all significant active players in the Building, Construction, Automotive, Furniture & Bedding research market to establish the BIOMAT-TB. 

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Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) - Coordinator
Portugal

CeNTI is the BIOMAT’s coordinator and Technology Transfer Host.

The Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials is a research and technology transfer institution in Portugal with a multi-sectoral orientation, equipped with cutting-edge technology that promotes Research, Technological Development, Innovation, and Engineering in the fields of smart and functional materials and systems.

With solid know-how in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and surface engineering and extensive experience in nanoparticles synthesis and functionalization, CeNTI is also responsible for the process scale-up, production, and characterization of functionalized silica extracted from agro-residues on the BIOMAT Project.

Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW)
Germany

The Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW) is a non-profit research institution of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, that researches and develops polymer composites for technical applications in mobility, energy, climate, environment, production, technology, and health care's areas.

Responsible for research the basics for future applications of composite materials, in BIOMAT’s project, the institution is one of the Technology Transfer Hosts that scales up the (nano)filled polyol and resin formulations and develops rigid spray bio-PUR foams for building, construction, and soft foams for automotive applications.

National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
Italy

Founded in 1923, the National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institute in Italy. The main goals of the institution are to promote innovation and competitiveness by supporting scientific and technological research.

As part of the BIOMAT project, two CNR institutes, the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials-IPCB and the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Technologies "Giulio Natta" -SCITEC, are responsible of the Technology Transfer Hosts crucial in the scaling-up of bio-nanofiller, bio-polyol grafted, and bio-based enabled rigid and semi-rigid Polyurethane foams for construction and automotive sectors.

Hochschule Kaiserslautern (HSK)
Germany

The Hochschule Kaiserslautern (HSK) is a German university of applied sciences and design with active research and technology transfer involvement.

Focused on four main research areas, i.e. Integrated Miniaturized Systems, Reliable Software-Intensive Systems, Sustainable Products, Technologies and Services, and Highly Efficient Technical Systems, this institution has competencies in Applied Chemistry and Pharmacy, Applied Polymer Chemistry, Textile Engineering and Composite Technologies, Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Mechatronics, Mechanics of Materials, System Development, Lightweight Construction, Energy, etc.

The HSK’s main role inside BIOMAT is as a Technology Transfer Host in scale-up of nano-enabled soft and semi-soft bio-PUR foams for furniture & bedding and development of hybrid basalt/glass/natural fibre (BF/GF/NF) nonwoven reinforcements for bio-composites at pilot scale.

Fundacion Instituto Tecnologico de Galicia (ITG)
Spain

 

The Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG) is a private non-profit foundation based in Coruña, Spain. The National Technology Center’s goal is to refine the competitive capacity of companies, organizations, and professionals by using the Internet of Things (IoT), Bigdata, Industry 4.0, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology to provide R&D services to industrial, energy, water, environmental and construction sectors.


At the BIOMAT project, the institute is a service provider focused on developing Digital Twin Pilots.

 

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Spain

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a Spanish public institution of research and higher education.

Teaching in the engineering, architecture, sciences, and technology fields, the institution is one of the BIOMAT’s Technology Transfer Hosts responsible for scaling up enzymatic and sonochemical nano-functionalization lignocellulosic production for fillers, bio-adhesives, and adhesion promoters.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V (FRH)
Germany

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization, focused on the key technologies’ development. Founded in 1949, this organization is a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking products and scientific excellence.

At BIOMAT’s project, the Research Division Polymeric Materials and Composites PYCO of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Germany, operates as a Technology Transfer Host in the process of scale-up of innovative chemical and chemo-enzymatic recycling of new insulation materials and by eco-designing.

Coventive Composites (COV)
United Kingdom

In the UK, Coventive Composites aim to use their state-of-the-art knowledge, expertise and capabilities to develop innovative, commercially-successful composite solutions opportunities. The company mission at BIOMAT is to scale bio-based prepreg systems and provide access to pilot facilities as a Technology Transfer Host. 

INDATECH SAS (INDA)
France

Founded in 2009 and part of the Chauvin Arnoux group since 2017, INDATECH is a French company providing optical solutions for the inline analysis of pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical products. The company uses several spectroscopic techniques such as UV, Raman, and their own NIR technology: SAM-SPEC.

At BIOMAT, this innovative optical solution is a Technology Transfer Host in charge of developing inline monitoring systems.

Universita' degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB)
Italy

Located in Milano, the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca is highly active in research, with projects in virtually all fundamental and applied research areas, such as physical, chemical, biological and environmental sciences, economics and statistics, sociology, educational sciences, law, medicine and surgery, and psychology.
At BIOMAT’s project, the Italian partner works as a service provider in nanosafety.

Castilla la Mancha University (UCLM)
Spain

University of Castilla la Mancha (UCLM) is a Spanish University with an essential focus on chemical engineering, economic, social, cultural, and technological research, with its 283 groups and its 37 Research and Development centers and institutes.

As a BIOMAT’s Technology Transfer Host, the UCLM is fundamental in the process of scale-up the bio-PUR insulating aerogel foams.

Bar-Ilan University (BIU)
Israel

Founded in 1955, Bar-Ilan University is one of the largest universities in Israel. Higher education and uniquely combining cutting-edge scientific research are two of the main initiatives provided by the institution.

As a service provider at BIOMAT, the Bar-Ilan is responsible for the characterization of nano-enabled materials and products.

Project Sas di Massimo Perucca (PRJ)
Italy

Founded in 2005, Project HUB-360 is a consulting company that acts in the scientific and technology transfer fields to support companies’ product and process innovation towards green transition by proposing services and tools for safe and sustainable-by-design solutions.

Project HUB-360 accompanies its customers and partners through the whole process from R&D to industrial and commercial exploitation of innovative solutions as well as providing Corporate Sustainability and ESG reporting, communication and dissemination services. At BIOMAT, this Italian company is a Service Provider for Environmental, Economic and Social sustainability by developing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), SLCA and Life Cycle Cost analysis (LCC).

Asociación Española de Normalización (UNE)
Spain

The Asociación Española de Normalización (UNE) is the Spanish member of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI and ISO-IEC standardization network, and promotes the competitiveness of companies by engaging them in national and international standardization activities.

The same strategy is applied to BIOMAT, in which UNE supports contributions from the project to new standards, widening the project’s impact into European Industry.

GlobalWise Ltd. (GLO)
Israel

GlobalWise is engaged in business development consultancy, start-up mentoring, entrepreneurship and international marketing and sales.

Its focus is on Sustainability, Social Impact, Health & Medical Device, Utilities, Industry and more. Its goal is to delegate its knowledge and vast experience to Start-ups and companies willing to expand their activities to the global market.

The leading role in the project as a service provider is to provide the market analysis, business plan, pitch presentation and fund-raising guidance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Kessler ProData GmbH (KES)
Germany

Kessler ProData GmbH has its main area of activity to give advice for correct sampling and data acquisition as well as advanced data analysis of industrial processes often combined with spectroscopic measurements.

At BIOMAT, particular emphasis is placed on the transfer of know-how of these methodologies into the manufacturing and process industry to enable a knowledge-based production of smart products. The main applied toolboxes focus on methods like design of experiments (DoE), multivariate data analysis (MVA) and spectroscopic inline or online control technologies including spectral imaging. The objective is to provide context sensitive information on a molecular level for the digital twin.

European Sky (EUR)
Portugal

Based in Paços de Ferreira, Portugal, the European Sky is a Portuguese company that works in the Bedding sector. In BIOMAT, works to the end-user, operating in the furniture industry, demonstrations and testing new foams for the upholstered furniture.

Stellantis (CRF)
Italy

Innovative power units, vehicle systems, materials, methods, and competitiveness of Stellantis products is one of the main goals of Center of Research Fiat (CRF), based in Italy. CRF is responsible for the automotive industry. Testing car parts, production, and demonstration are also included in the role of this Italian partner in the BIOMAT project.

ACCIONA Construction S.A. (ACI)
Spain

ACCIONA Construction S.A. is a MNC and a part of ACCIONA group with HQ in Spain. The company is a pioneer in the design, development, manufacturing and installation of Composites solutions for Civil Infrastructure applications. 

Within Biomat, ACI plans to manufacture and install composites sandwich and insulating panels using bio-based PUR rigid foam core with the aim to replace conventional fossil fuel-based PUR and increase the green content in its projects.

Ritols (RIT)
Latvia

Founded in 1991. Ritols is a spin-off company of Latvian State Institute of Wood chemistry based in Riga, Latvia. Company works on polyurethane foam thermal insulation and industrial polymer coatings for construction industry. By being one of the region’s leading aplicators of epoxy, polyurethane, acrylic, and vinyl coating systems, at BIOMAT, this partner works directly in the building industry to the end-user, scaling up, producing, and demonstrating the new spray foams.

AEP Polymers Srl (AEP)
Italy

AEP Polymers Srl is an Italian innovation-based company focused on industrial R&D on polymers and materials from bio-based sources.

In BIOMAT, this company is responsible for designing and developing novel bio-polyols.

OSM-DAN (OSM)
Israel

The OSM-DAN, located in Rehovot Israel, is the leading Israeli company opening the doors to the EC funds for R&D projects. Nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, are only a few of the disciplines covered by OSM supported projects.

In BIOMAT’s project, the corporation provides services in management, coordination, dissemination, and exploitation.

Melodea (MEL)
Israel

Melodea is an Israeli company pioneering the development of an economically viable industrial process for the extraction of Nano Crystalline Cellulose (CNC) from variety of cellulosic sources. Moreover, the company develops proprietary technologies for the application of CNC in different fields and for different uses.

As a Technology Transfer Host in BIOMAT’s project, the corporation is essential to developing and scaling up of hydrophobic CNC for utilization as nano reinforcing agent in bio-based composite materials.

PLASFI, S.A. (PLAS)
Spain

Based in Tarragona, Spain, Plasfi is a leader in the field of polyurethane. By creating rigid polyurethanes, an alternative to traditional cheap and green polyols, and producing a complete range of products for construction and automotive industries, the company became the foam producer at BIOMAT’s project to the end-user.

Certificação de Têxteis e de Vestuário (CTV)
Portugal

Certificação de Têxteis e de Vestuário (CTV) is a entity with a well-established commercial backbone managing an extensive portfolio of international customers focused on textile products’ certification.

At BIOMAT, CTV will operate as the SEP (Single-Entry Point) and as the first contact with the customer, being also responsible for managing the newly established BIOMAT-TB entity. In addition to this, their experience will be vital to reinforce customer confidence, an operative advantage that will detach BIOMAT-TB from other competitors.

LKCOM (LKC)
Portugal

Based in Braga, Portugal, LKCOM is a marketing and communication agency that offers unique and differentiating solutions. Specialists in Communication and Marketing Strategies, working with Digital and Offline Marketing, Video and Web, Social Media and Google Ads Campaigns, Online and Offline Advertising, LKCOM is the perfect partner for BIOMAT. At the project, this company is responsible for the main communications tools and website development and maintenance.