The transition to greener and more sustainable products is an important societal challenge. A worldwide global task force has been implemented by the United Nations between local and regional government to define sustainable development goals (SDG) for 2030. The FUTURES project fit perfectly with the goal 9 of this roadmap which aims at “increasing resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes”. In this line, biorefinery processes have emerged in the past decades to generate chemical building blocks from lignocellulosic biomass that can be further transformed into functional polymers. The biorefinery operations can lead to furanic molecules which are obtained from various constitutive sugars of vegetable biomass. Different biobased polymers, both thermoplastics and thermosets, can be prepared from these furanic monomers. Some furanic polymers are characterized by a very dense cross-linked network which is a drawback for designing versatile macromolecular architectures. The FUTURES project aims at tailoring these furanic resins to obtain new tunable resins with with enhanced thermo-mechanical properties obtained from structural modifications.

Publié le 01/03/2020