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OSIRYS Project Develops Forest-based Biocomposites to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Published on 2015-07-17. Author : SpecialChem

VALENCIA -- Indoor Air Quality and emissions from building materials have been over the last decades a major challenge for scientists, industry and consumers. In recent years there is a growing trend to replace traditional brick and mortar construction materials, façades which contribute to contaminants such as VOCs, formaldehyde, particulates and fibers by multilayer façades.

They comprise several layers that provide the insulation and protection properties required in traditional façades and are usually designed to have an exterior finished ventilated façade and an interior part formed by plaster walls. The inner part of the façade consists of several panels that provide insulation, and also fire and water protection.

Biocomposite-based Modular Envelope
Fig. 1: Assembled modular multi-layer envelope based on biocomposites
in which is integrated the developed biocomposite profile

OSIRYS is an EC funded project which addresses this growing need to improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency by developing forest-based biocomposites and products, to be applied in retrofitting and new building construction. These will demonstrate a variety of functionalities able to meet the strictest requisites of the Building Code and will be also demonstrated in real-life applications.

The Consortium is working with new eco-innovative building materials, which are able to provide a healthier indoor environment, to develop a holistic solution to the current emissions challenges facing the construction industry. These new materials will improve air quality by eliminating micro-organisms, increasing thermal and acoustic insulation and controlling breathability of the construction systems.

This four year project is led by Tecnalia (project coordinators), in partnership with Acciona, AIMPLAS, ENAR and VISESA from Spain, NetComposites from the UK, Fraunhofer, SICC and Tecnaro from Germany, IVL from Sweden, Conenor and VTT from Finland, Omikron from Hungary, UNStudio from the Netherlands, Bergamo Tecnologie from Poland, Collanti Concorde from Italy, and Amorim Cork Composites from Portugal.

AIMPLAS role within the project is mainly related to the functionalization of graphene for its use with thermosetting resins, and pultrusion process with natural fibers and bioresins.


AIMPLAS is a Plastics Technology Centre located in Valencia, with about 500 associated companies (the majority of them SMEs). It is formed by more than 105 highly skilled professional and its fields of work are related to technological research and development on thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials & products, its transformation processes and their recyclability and sustainability.

AIMPLAS generates new knowledge and technologies that can be transferred to companies in order to help them to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness. It also has a broad expertise in the fields of polymers, biopolymers and renewable source materials, nanocomposites, and biotechnological processes, gained during the last years in the frame of EU and national projects.

Experts in Nanotechnology

AIMPLAS has an extensive experience in the field of nanotechnology and since 2004, when it began its first works with nanoparticles up to now; its work with nanomaterials has increased significantly. In addition, it has a significant experience in the field of pultrusion. The service offered by AIMPLAS goes from product design to its implementation in a pilot plant for validation. The latest AIMPLAS R & D projects in the processing area by pultrusion are focused on the launch of new designs, introduction of new thermoplastic materials, application of UV cured coatings, online technology for gelcoat application, and modification of nanoparticles to improve the properties and interactions with the polymer matrix.


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