Estonian EU external border programme



Name of Lead Beneficiary

University of Tartu_ER30

Associated partners

Stora Enso Oyj; CH-Bioforce Oy

Thematic objective

TO1 Business and SME development

Start date: 01.06.2019

End date: 31.08.2022

Duration: 39 months

Specific area

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

Programme co-financing

422 762,40 EUR

Total budget

531 392,56 EUR


South Estonia

Contact email

[email protected]

Project status

Completed (1)

BioStyrene (Completed on EST side) - 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

Project portfolio

4575 Catalysis Today, 2020, Article In Press

Article Horisont 5.2020 Lk4 Est

Article In Magazine Life In Estonia 1.2021 ENG

Article In Wood Chem Tech 2021 Lignin Hydrogels

Materials Conf Lesa Rossii 2021

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