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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy
SEED FUND 2.0 project R2HPBIO

Renewables to high-performance bioplastics by sustainable production ways


A circular economy of renewable raw materials is not only the goal of future process flows, but also reflects the guiding principle of the bioeconomy. In order to get closer to this circular economy, it is necessary to develop new, non-toxic, bio-based and non-persistent products. The R2HPBio project aims to produce high-performance biofunctionalised bioplastics that can be included in the circular economy. Through the interdisciplinary cooperation between the fields of biotechnology, process engineering and chemistry within the project, the following main goals were achieved: i) The purification of biotechnologically produced platform chemicals, such as succinic acid, through a novel, modern separation technology. ii) The use of specially designed metal catalysts enabled the production of bioplastics. iii) These bioplastics were then investigated to determine their properties, biodegradability profile, and use in potential applications. iv) Based on the provided renewables, a novel class of bioadhesives could be developed. The results have contributed to closing the loop for this raw material cycle.
The overall successes of this project contributes to establishing a sustainable bioeconomy.


SEED FUND 2.0 Coordinator

Prof. Sonja Herres-Pawlis
Chair of Bioinorganic Chemistry (IC)
RWTH Aachen University
phone: +49 241 8093902



Prof. Laura Hartmann, Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry (MC), Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jupke, Chair of Fluid Process Engineering (FVT), RWTH Aachen University


Funding period

01.10.2018 - 31.12.2020



The total budget of R2HPBIO is  349,807 €. R2HPBIO is is part of the NRW-Strategieprojekt BioSC and thus funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.