BioSPRINT - bio-based synthetic resins made from hemicellulose

The EU project BioSPRINT is targeting the hemicellulose fraction from side streams of the pulp and biofuel industry. They are to be cleaned, processed and converted into sugars more efficiently, which serve as the basis for new bio-based synthetic resins and thus replace fossil polymers. The EU project started on June 1, 2020.

BioSPRINT focuses on four research and development areas. In the first step, the processes for the extraction and purification of the hemicellulose streams are to be intensified. This is followed by the catalytic conversion, the purification of the intermediate products and, in the last stage, the polymerization. Innovative anti-solvent precipitation methods and membrane separation processes are to be used in the development of the integrated purification strategy. In the field of catalysis, the focus is on intensified and integrated catalysis processes for the dehydrogenation of C5 and C6 hemicellulose sugars to monomers and extractive reactions, as well as intensified polymerization processes for furan derivatives.

Ultimately, the project aims to reduce operating costs and the use of raw materials and energy over the next four years, while at the same time increasing yields and operational reliability. For this purpose, the work is accompanied by an integrated Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA). The waste streams are provided by project partners such as Fraunhofer and UPM; In addition, a case study is to be carried out on a residual material flow from Clariant. A total of 12 partners are participating in the project coordinated by DECHEMA, which has a financial volume of 6.1 million euros.

(Source:; 30.09.2020)

Project information

Project title

BioSPRINT - optimized purification of the hemicellulose streams before the catalytic conversion into synthetic resin monomers and purification of these monomer streams before the polymerization.


Project duration

June 2020 – May 2024


Project partner  

  • AEP Polymers SRL (Italy)
  • Dynamic & Security Computations SL (Spain)
  • EBOS Technologies Limited (Cyprus)
  • DECHEMA Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology e.V. (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research e.V. (Germany)
  • IFEU - Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg GmbH (Germany)
  • IRIS Technology Solutions, Sociedad Limitada (Spain)
  • Kemijski Institute (Slovenia)
  • Maturus Optimi BV (Netherlands)
  • Oulun Yliopisto (Finland)
  • Prefere Resins Germany GMBH (Germany)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Great Britain)
  • UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)


This project was funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 887226 by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking.