Foamfiber - develops sustainable foamed materials
Foamed materials are today made of fossil-based plastic but in the future need to be made of degradable and recyclable materials to fit into the circular economy. MoRe is investing heavily in research and development in this area and currently has a group that actively focuses on foamed low-density materials made from bio-based, renewable starting materials.
The project portfolio includes the Foamfiber project, where the focus is on further developing cellulose-based foamed materials that have high porosity and low density. It is also important that the foam has good barrier properties and wet stability. The project will also produce prototypes and also look at recycling the material.
Foamfiber is based on results from the previous project PlastiCel and is led by project manager Pernilla Karlsson, MoRe Research, which together with Mid Sweden University and RISE PFI will design and optimize cellulose-based foamed materials containing nanocellulose and cellulose composites. The previous interreg project PlastiCel was a successful project that generated such interesting results that all parties, MoRe Research, Mid Sweden University and RISE PFI, chose to move forward together in FoamFiber.
Funding and participants: Support from Interreg Sweden-Norway, EU and led by MoRe Research, project manager Pernilla Karlsson with the support of researchers Sara Wallstén and Pia Renström. Mid Sweden University is a co-applicant together with RISE PFI in Trondheim. Professors Magnus Norgren and Håkan Edlund and the researchers in the group Technical Surface and Colloid Chemistry at the FSCN research center are members of the project group. Other partners are SCA, Domsjö, Bergmans Fisk, ÖSAB, Rödins Trä, Trondelag Fylkeskommune and Kvanne Industrier in Norway.