National projects:SmartMat - New solutions for intelligent design (addressed to optimize resource utilization) for complex structures, ctr.298/23.06.2014 (2014-2016)
The project proposes an applied research, having traced the overall objective of solving actual problems at national and international level on the optimization of resources (materials, energy, time) by creating applications / modules free-form, utilizing intelligent digital tools such as generative design and digital manufacturing-GD.
Improve food safety by developing and implementing systems for active and biodegradable food packaging – EEA Grants/Norway Grants – 1SEE/30.06.2014 (2014-2017)The main objective of the project is to develop new food packaging materials with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, by obtaining of some composites of biopolymers based on PHAs or PLA and chitosan and design and integration of encapsulated forms with active substances in order to prolong the shelf-life of the packed food.
The research leading to these results has received funding from Romanian - EEA Research Programme operated by MEN under the EEA Financial Mecanism 2009 - 2014 and project contract no. 1SEE/2014(www.eeagrants.org) .
LEGUVAL (www.leguval.eu )
Valuing vegetable waste for the production of packaging applications and development of biomass energy – (Research for SME associations, FP7-SME-2012-2; Grant agreement 315241) (2013-2016)LEGUVAL objective is the use and valorisation of co-products and by-products of processed grain legumes by the extraction of the proteinaceous fraction to be used as a raw material in packaging and agricultural material preparation, and the use of the leftover biomass as an additive in composites production, as well as source of biogas by anaerobic digestion.
N-CHITOPACK (www.n-chitopack.eu )
Sustainable technologies for the production of biodegradable materials based on nano / natural chitin derived from fish waste from the food industry to produce materials for packaging (Research for SMEs, FP7-SME-2012-1; Grant agreement 315233) (2012 – 2014)
The project focuses on the industrial use of waste derived from natural chitin nanocrystals (known as chitin-nanofibrils-CN) to produce functional bacteriostatic films and rigid packaging to be used in the food industry which are 100% bio-degradable and demonstrate higher mechanical strength as well as increased UV and heat resistance..
FORBIOPLAST (www.forbioplast.eu )
Forest Resource Sustainability by developing bio- composites, Collaborative project, FP7-KBBE-2007-1/212239 (2008-2012)
Forbioplast research activity is focused on the use of wood by-products as raw materials for the production of films and polyurethane foams by innovative sustainable synthetic processes with reduced energy consumption and to the use of wood derived fibres as fillers in composite materials for application as automotive parts and in the packaging and agriculture fields.
These projects has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreements.