• IPPT_TWINN: Reinforcing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in polymer processing technologies of the Faculty of Polymer Technology


<strong>Project financing value:</strong> 1.188.125 € Project financing value: 1.188.125 €
<strong>Duration of project:</strong> January 2023 - December 2025 Duration of project: January 2023 - December 2025


The project conducted on the basis of the Grand Agreement for an Action with multiple beneficiaries within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme and the Twinning (HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-03) call, project number 101079051.


Global annual consumption of plastics is expected to increase from the current 368 million tons (2019) to 1.1 billion tons in 2050. However, this growth also poses some dangers, such as the increasing amount of plastic waste and a rise in CO2 emissions. One of the ways to tackle these problems is to produce more durable products and to use processing technologies that generate less waste. The IPPT_TWINN project addresses both methods, as more durable products can be manufactured through a better understanding of processing methods and waste can be reduced through the application of new technologies and better waste management.

The main objective of IPPT_TWINN is to increase the knowledge of polymer processing at FTPO. This will be achieved both through joint scientific work with 4 partners from 4 EU countries, covering several advanced processing techniques and through the organization of a series of events such as workshops, summer schools, expert visits, etc.

However, the project is organized in such a way that not only FTPO, but all four partner institutions will make progress in this area. Although partners knowledge largely overlaps, each is a specialist in a particular field, and together they represent a concentration of knowledge in the whole field of modern polymer processing.

The proposed joint research work will improve the research excellence and innovation capacity of researchers at FTPO that will result in more scientific publications in high-impact journals. This will make FTPO more attractive as a partner also for other educational and research institutions. Industry representatives will also be invited to the events to be organized, which will increase the visibility of all partners in the business sector and strengthen cooperation. Last, but not least, one of the main goals of the project is to train researchers, especially the young ones, how to find suitable calls, right partners and to prepare and manage excellent project proposals.


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2nd IPPT_TWINN conference - International experts debate in Zaragoza on the present and future of bio-based products
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2nd IPPT_TWINN conference - International experts debate in Zaragoza on the present and future of bio-based products

The recycling of bio-based materials is one of the challenges of the future and is of concern to sectors such as aeronautics, construction and the automotive industry.

European and American universities and different entities have come together in this conference.

The future of sustainability and innovation of bio-based materials was the central theme of the 2nd Conference ‘Challenges, trends and solutions in the development and processing of bio-based products’, which was held over two days in Zaragoza and brought together dozens of international experts who debated this type of material and the challenges of the future in terms of recycling and use. ‘We currently have a serious problem of materials that are discarded in landfills. One example is the wind blades that are beginning to reach the end of their useful life and we have to find solutions for their recycling", says Julio Vidal, head of Composites at Aitiip Technology Centre and one of the speakers who took part in this conference.

For two days, experts from the sector debated and discussed the importance of this type of materials and how their future looks like, as well as sharing innovative projects that are being worked on. Behind this event is Aitiip Technology Centre together with the FTPO, Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenia, the IWK, Institute for Plastics Processing and Materials Technology in Switzerland, the PCCL, Competence Centre for Polymers in Austria and the BME, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. ‘This is the second conference on this topic and we are hosting it in Zaragoza, as it is fundamental and a priority to bring academia and basic science closer to industry, which will ultimately absorb all the knowledge and advances that are being researched’, says Berta Gonzalvo, Research Director of Aitiip Technology Centre.

The meeting also explored the use of these bio-based materials in different industrial applications. Specifically, the different uses and possibilities in the packaging, automotive, construction, agri-food, aeronautics and furniture sectors were presented, as well as real success stories in companies. Not only that, but B2B meetings were also facilitated in order to generate new relationships and partnerships to form value chains between academia and industry. In addition, knowledge was shared and new findings in research and innovation were presented. In parallel, an open training session on the creation of European proposals in this field was also held.

This conference brought together different actors and agents from industry, academia and research in biopolymers and biocomposites. They all spoke about the challenges, new trends, markets and present and future solutions in the development of new bio-based polymeric materials and compounds, as well as their processing and recycling. Special emphasis was placed on biomaterials to move towards a circular economy.


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