The EU-funded MULTI-WOOD project will develop innovative strategies to improve the four key wood properties: hygroscopicity, resistance against fire, UV, and biotic factors, based on alternative, recently underutilized bio-based formulations.
Wood is recognized as an alternative to several traditional building solutions, and it is often called a “building material of the 21st century” since it can efficiently sequester carbon, balancing emissions from other materials.
The ambition of the MULTI-WOOD project is to provide multi-functional treatments to entirely protect wood from nano- to microscale using alternative sources of chemicals generated from biowaste streams.
The project also explore advanced characterization methodologies to improve the understanding of the structure–property–function relationships, allowing to a more precise control the properties
The development of the research project is in line with the European Green Deal, the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr René Herrera is a researcher in the materials department at InnoRenew CoE and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Science and Information Technology at University of Primorska. He holds both an MSc and a PhD in renewable materials engineering from the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). In his research work, he focuses on the development and characterization of bio-based materials, bulk and surface wood treatments and exploration of new analytic techniques.
Anna is the InnoRenew CoE Deputy director and Head of research department for materials. She is associate professor and research associate at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Science and Information Technology at University of Primorska. In 2022 Anna was awarded the ERC consolidator grant for the project ARCHI-SKIN (101044468-ERC-2021-COG) to develop the novel concept of a bio-active living coating system, pushing the boundaries of traditional materials toward the development of engineered living materials.
InnoRenew CoE is an independent research institute established in 2017 through the InnoRenew project. Research targets renewable materials and sustainable buildings, specifically innovative approaches to wood and its use, with the goal of transferring scientific knowledge into industrial practice. InnoRenew CoE’s international, interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals is available for independent consultation, project work or Living Lab InnoRenew collaboration
PROJECT TITLE: Multi-functionalization of wood with bio-based approach (MULTI-WOOD)
PROJECT LEADER: Rene Herrera, PhD
PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Anna Sandak, PhD
PERIOD: 01.09.2023 – 31.08.2025
FINANCING: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Standard European Fellowships)
PROJECT COORDINATOR: InnoRenew CoE (Slovenia)
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