Session Environmental Solutions & 2 valuable Comments on bio-based Materials: Conference on Bio-based Materials

The 11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials (15-16 May 2018, Cologne, Germany) will show the diversity of the Bioeconomy

++ Almost 140 participants registered, more than 200 are expected ++ 18 exhibitors ++ Final programme online ++ The conference is well established and one of the biggest in Europe.

Katharina Haag Fraunhofer IFAM (DE) „By using bio-based fillers, we can not only adjust the material properties and their morphology, but can also achieve an optimum cost-performance ratio for applications such as, e.g. mulch films.“
David Thomas VTT (FI) "Muconic acid, the versatile sugar-based platform chemical for bio-based nylon-6,6.”

Bio-based building blocks and polymers as well as biotechnology provide solutions to environmental problems. The session "Environmental Solutions" will highlight some particular developments in this area. These include PHA polymers that are highly biodegradable, enzymes and bacteria that convert PET waste into new polymers, sustainable bio-based solvents, new packaging solutions and the utilisation of waste from the orange juice production into new biopolymers. An exciting conclusion to the conference! Take a close look to the programme:

Environmental Solutions

Chairman: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)
Prof. Dr. Jan Ravenstijn
Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)
The Virtues and Challenges of the PHA-Platform - Abstract here
Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars M. Blank
RWTH Aachen University (DE)
P4SB - From Plastic Waste to Plastic Value Using Pseudomonas Putida Synthetic Biology - Abstract here
Dr. Thomas J. Farmer
University of York (UK)
Sustainable Solvent Selection: Tools and Techniques for Bio-Based Solvent Substitution - Abstract here
Katharina Haag
Fraunhofer-institut f. Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM (DE)
Biopolymer Blend with Advanced Cost-Performance Ratio for Packaging and Agricultural Applications - Abstract here
Dr. Pilar Villanueva
AIMPLAS, Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico (ES)
From Orange Juice Waste to New Biopolymers: A New Source for PBS - Abstract here

Final programme is online here.

Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018″!

For the 11th year in a row, the prestigious Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2018" will be granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The focus of the award is on new developments within these areas, which had been launched in 2017 or will be launched in 2018. The advisory board will make a preselection of all applications and narrow the field down to a “Top 6” new materials and products. The final decision will be made by the conference participants after the nominees presented their innovations. Further information here.

Only a few exhibition booths available!

The fee of an exhibition booth (6qm) is 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). We provide you a table, table cloths, a pin board, a chair and a power connection. You are welcome to use your own booth system. Please submit Mr. Dominik Vogt  your preferred booth number, a printable logo and a company profile.


The nova-Institute would like to acknowledge InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE) for sponsoring the renowned Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018”. BASF SE (DE) and UPM (FI) are supporting the confernce as Silver Sponsors, FKUR (DE), Neste (Suisse) (CH) and Synvina (NL) as a Bronze Sponsors.

Best regards,

Your nova-conference team