Name of Lead Beneficiary

University of Tartu

Associated partners

Stora Enso Oyj; CH-Bioforce Oy

Thematic objective

TO1 Business and SME development

Start date: 01.06.2019

End date: 30.04.2022

Duration: 35 months

Specific area

Increasing SME competitiveness and entrepreneurship by fostering cooperation between public, private and R&D sectors

Programme co-financing

437 617,00 EUR

Total budget

586 986,56 EUR


South Estonia

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Project status

Ongoing (1)

BioStyrene - ER30

Novel lignin-based plastics for sustainable polymer industry

Project aims to support regional SMEs development by fostering cross-border business contacts and the development of new products.          

Specific objective:

  • Develop a scaleable process to replace fossil based non-biodegradable styrene with a biodegradable bio-based styrene counterpart from wood biomass
  • Form connections between private companies and universities as well as between Estonia and Russia

Main activities:

  • Investigation of metal-catalyzed and vanillin routes from lignin to styrene-type compounds
  • Scale-up and adjustment of the synthesis process to ensure high yield and cost-efficiency
  • Development of formulas and technology for obtaining polymeric composite materials based on polyolefins and hydrolytic lignin
  • Testing of selected monomers in the polymerization process and optimization of the conditions of the synthesis of polymers in the metal reactor
  • The applicability of the styrene type polymers in the production of coating materials

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