MULTIFUNCTIONALITY OF CELLULOSE

Even before the introduction of Swiss army knife, people had been fascinated by things they could use in many different ways to fulfil their various needs or fit different purposes.

Technologically advanced and multifunctional materials have become one of key factors of competitive advantage in many industries as they are a basis for development of products with high added value. Multifunctional cellulose-based materials (paper, cardboard, textiles) are proving to be even more attractive, because they are renewable, degradable and re-usable. Unique chemical and morphological characteristics of cellulose-based materials allow us to enrich them and transform them into products with utilisation rate that is above standard, for example: fire-, water- or microbe-resistant paper or cardboard, fire-resistant textiles, textiles wit repellent function. Simple cardboard box can become a smart package with added sensors containing information about the packaged product and its logistic path on the way to consumer, thus prolonging its shelf life.

WHY THE PROGRAMME »POTENTIAL OF BIOMASS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED MATERIALS AND BIO-BASED PRODUCTS«

We are determined to acquire a comprehensive insight into »discarded potential of biomass«, to research all aspects and benefits of cascading utilisation of this locally available, natural and renewable resource, left unexploited to this day. Partners, allied through research-development-production form of circular economy, plan to develop and optimise new, sustainable processes and technologies to help us dig the way through to useful biomass components. Those can prove beneficial in various production sectors – from chemical, textile, paper, timber and automotive industries, construction and energy engineering – integrated as environmentally acceptable materials and products, highly degradable and re-usable. That way we are building new value chains, we are allowing ourselves to step firmly onto green products market, we are strengthening competitiveness of Slovenian economy, firming social partnerships and, at the same time, burden environment significantly less.