Development and evaluation of antimicrobial bio-based porous materials from lignocellulosic residue as sustainable alternatives to plastic materials (GelSus)

The aim of this project is to use agricultural lignocellulosic residues to develop antimicrobial nanostructured porous bio-based solids (aerogels) as a sustainable alternative to current fossil-based plastics. Methods for purification of the residues will be developed to ensure reproducible quality. The cellulose-rich materials are then processed in various synthesis steps to produce highly porous aerogels. Antimicrobial properties are then added to the high-quality and sustainable aerogel. A comprehensive assessment by IEK-STE of the environmental impact of the production routes from the plant residues to the targeted aerogels will help to identify the most promising technologies and potential improvements. The evaluation of economic aspects will allow positioning of the aerogels in existing markets.

October 2022 to September 2025

Funded by
Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project Partners
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Consortium manager)
Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
University of British Columbia

Project Manager IEK-STE
Dr. Ing. Petra Zapp

will follow

Dr. Petra Zapp
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)

Project Website
in preparation

Last Modified: 16.01.2023