Cereal waste biomass is a potential  source of valuable compounds such  as bio-based fibres that can be used in new potential  applications. This is the case of the microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) which is a novel type of cellulose with nano-scale dimensions and very interesting properties for the development of composite materials due to its high strength and stiffness  combined with its low weight, biodegradability and renewability.

One of the main objectives of the FUNKIFIBRE project is to obtain MFC from cereal residues coming out from the manufacturing of oat-based food products which contain  important  cellulose contents. Another main objective of the project is to modify the MFC to make  it suitable for the development of plastic composites.

The final goal is to obtain new materials for packaging applications achieving better  mechanical and barrier properties. This will make  possible the generation of lighter packages and the improvement of limited properties of some bio-based and biodegradable plastics.


FUNKIFIBRE will work on the optimization of the technological processes needed to transform the current  cereal waste into a valuable product.  The achievement of this result will impact in the cereal SMEs since  agricultural wastes have  become an environmental and economic problem  producing economic losses due to extra costs for the management. In addition,  the development of improved  renewable and biodegradable packages will impact on the plastic and packaging SMEs since bio-based materials are seen as a growing alternative by the European consumers to conventional packaging plastics which currently generate over 5 million tons of landfilled plastics. FUNKIFIBRE involves a consortium of companies and research organizations with combines commercial and technical expertise, a broad  coverage of European countries and markets and a holistic vision all along the value chain. 


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