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Buildings consume large amounts of resources to construct and operate. Europe’s construction and automotive industries are seen as having strong potential when it comes to implementing the EU’s Bio economy for Europe action


The ReInvent project aims

to deliver novel bio based

rigid moulded and spraying

insulation foam systems for

the construction industry

and novel bio based soft and semi-rigid foams for the automotive industry.The products derived in the ReInvent project will be validated for their enhanced properties, sustainability and low cost, and compared to currently available petroleum- and bio-based counterparts. To enhance the sustainability of these products and materials, new energy and cost-efficient recycling technologies will be developed.

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The concept of ReInvent

Novel Products for Construction and
Automotive Industries Based on Bio
Materials and Natural Fibres

The automotive industry is constantly looking for new materials in order to reduce the vehicle weight and comply with sustainability related legislation. 

Acronym: ReInvent
Project Number: 792049
Starting Date: June 2018
Project Duration: 48 Months
BBI JU contribution: € 6,525,275

Centro Ricerche FIAT(CRF)

Dr. Vito Lambertini


Dr. Pnina Dan

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The overarching objective of the ReInvent project is to develop and combine bio- based materials and fibres that can replace the petroleum based polyurethane (PUR) insulation and structural products used in buildings and soft foams for vehicle interior products. Specifically it sets out to:

  • Deliver specifications and requirements to the fibre and foam composites to bused in construction and automotive industries;                                                     

  • Develop a portfolio of bio-based, multifunctional, sustainable and low-cost rigid and soft foams with high insulating effectiveness and an exploitation property profile as per the end user’s requirements;                                                 

  • Develop bio-based components for the formulation and production of novel cellular materials and products;                                                                         

  • Up-scale production of the newly developed materials to be used in the nove
    bio-based foam formulations;                                                                                        

  • Up-scale production of bio-based novel rigid and soft foams and NFRP nanocomposites for the construction and automotive industries;               

  • Demonstrate novel products as alternatives to available petroleum and bio- based insulation materials;                                                                                     

  • Develop recycling technologies using cost-efficient chemical and enzymatic processes for the developed materials allowing re-use in various industrialsectors






The successful Kick off Meeting took place at CRF on July 3-4, 2018.

The meeting was attended by 33 attendees representing all the 19 consortium partners.

The partners presented and discussed the work plan for the first 6 months of the project.


Institut Fur Verbundwerkstoffe GMBH


Project HUB 360

Melodea LTD.

Centro Ricerche FIAT(CRF)

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Centitvc - Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos Funcionais e Inteligentes Associação









Aerofly 360 Industrial – Sociedad Limitada


Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung

Logstor AS

ACCIONA Construcción SA



Adler Evo SRL

The Kroppenstedter Ölmühle Walter

Döpelheuer GmbH






AEP Polymers SRL

Silcart SPA


Aunde Italia SPA

United Kingdom






News and Events




The 6 Months meeting, In Porto hosted by CeNTI took place on the 5-6 February 2019. It was very successful  reflecting  a high interaction between the partners.

The meeting was concluded by a defined plan for the next 6 months.

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CENTI presented

ReInvent project at the Green Textiles Club of the Portuguese Textile Cluster ReInvent project




The 12 Months Meeting took place in Krakow hosted by Logstor on the July 18-19, 2019. The work performed during the last six months was presents and bottle necks were discussed and resolved


The consortium attended the BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019 (Joint event with all other BBI projects and information about BBI strategies for the next EU program), held in Brussels, 3-4 Dec 2019. During the two days ReInvent was present with a booth


The consortium partners that attended the event are:

Coordinator CRF, and UPC and SEP

CRF-FCA presented in the plenary session the 4th the strategy for bio-based materials application in automotive;



The first review meeting was held on the 13th February at BBI JU offices, Brussels. The reviewers were Dr. Marek Kozlowski and  Dr. Daniela Sani Open discussions were conducted, and the conclusions were summarized b y the reviewers. The P1 Technical report was adjusted accordingly.



Corona time - The 24M meeting was online on the 3rd of June 2020

36 persons attended representing the 19 consortium partners.

Work performed during the last 6 months, under corona restrictions, was presented. 
The PO, Mrs. Paloma Mallorquin attended the meeting and updated the issues related to corona.



ReInvent  36M P2 Review Meeting was held online on the 19th July 2021

The meeting was successful and P2 Technical and Financial reports were submitted

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Publications in peer reviewed journals

De Luca Bossa, F; Santillo, C.; Verdolotti, L.; Campaner, P.; Minigher, A.; Boggioni, L.; Losio, S.; Coccia, F.; Iannace, S.; C. Lama, G.C, .Greener Nanocomposite Polyurethane Foam Based on Sustainable Polyol and Natural Fillers: Investigation of Chemico-Physical and Mechanical Properties, Materials,13, 2020, 211

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De Luca Bossa, L. Verdolotti, V. Russo, P..A. Minigher, G. C. Lama, L. Boggioni, R..Tesser, M. Lavorgna, Use of biogenic silica nanoparticles derived from biomass in polymeric formulations and their applications, Materiales Compuestos 4(3), pp. 22-28, 2021




De Luca Bossa, L. Verdolotti, V. Russo, P. Campaner, A. Minigher, G. C. Lama, L. Boggioni, R. Tesser, M. Lavorgna, Upgrading Sustainable Polyurethane Foam Based on Greener Polyols: Succinic-Based Polyol and Mannich-Based Polyol, Materials , 13(14), 3170, 2020

A Gala Morena, Arnau Bassegoda, Javier Hoyo, and Tzanko Tzanov, Hybrid Tellurium–Lignin Nanoparticles with Enhanced Antibacterial Properties, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 13

H. Aguilar, D. Conceição, A. Barros, V. Bouça, M. Ornelas, R. Malgueiro, A. Carvalho, A. Portela, C. Silva, E. Döpelheuer, S. Grishchuk, L. Gryshchuk, M. Gilberg, B. Wetzel, Use of biogenic silica nanoparticles derived from biomass in polymeric formulations and their applications, Materiales Compuestos, 2020, 4 (3), p. 22-28



























Francesca Coccia, Modification of Nanocristalline Cellulose as Bio-reinforcement for Polyurethanes Foams, (Poster presentation) Polychar 27 World Forum on Advanced Materials, Naples, Italy October 14-17th 2019


L. Verdolotti, F. De Luca Bossa, P. Campaner, M. Oliviero, M. Lavorgna, S. Iannace, G. G. Buonocore, Improving the sustainability of bio-based polyurethane foam through the addition of a reactive food waste: walnut shell, SLIM 2019. 9° Shelf-life International Meeting


A. G. Morena, I. Stefanov, T. Tzanov, Antibacterial polyurethane foam with incorporated lignin-capped silver nanoparticles for chronic wound treatment, (Oral presentation), American Chemical Society - Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition, March 31 - April 4, 2019, Orlando, FL, USA


C. Dreyer, “Recent Developments on Thermosetting Resins and Energy Efficient Processing Technologies” (oral presentation), 12th European Symposium on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ESTAC12), 27th-30th August 2018, Brasov Romania


G. Lesage, Automotive Materials Summit", München, June 17 – 18, 2019


L. Gryshchuk, S. Grishchuk, A. Minigher, P. Campaner, M. Ornelas, C. Silva, O. Pinkas, Y. Nevo, E. Döpelheuer, “Nanoreinforced bio-based polyurethane foams with improved mechanical performance” Abstract, book. International research and practice conference: Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (NANO-2019). P.178-179


L. Gryshchuk, S. Grishchuk, B. Wetzel, A. Minigher, P. Campaner, H. Aguilar, A. Barros, M. Ornelas, C. Silva, O. Pinkas, Y. Nevo, E. Döpelheuer, Bio-based nano-reinforced polyurethane foams, The 10th Conference on Green Chemistry and Nanotechnologies in Polymer Chemistry

C. Dreyer, “Microwave Radiation and UV-LED-Technology for the Curing of Thermosetting Matrices” (oral presentation), Workshop by Composites United (CU) “Polymer Based Light Weight Construction as a Key Technology: From Monomer to High Performance Components”, 14th Nov.  2019, Wildau, Germany


Vito Lambertini, (Oral presentation), Automation &Testing Faire in Turin,  Strategie per lo sviluppo di polimeri a basso impatto ambientale per il settore auto,  13 Feb., Turin, Italy


Vito Lambertini, (Oral presentation), Biomaterials applications and perspectives in a sustainable automotive pathway, (Oral presentation), IFIB 2018, 25 Sept.  2018, Turin, Italy


Vito Lambertini, (Oral presentation), Strategies toward sustainable polymer solutions in the automotive sector at Research & Innovation for Plastics in a circular economy, 21st May 2019, Alessandria, Italy

H. Aguilar, D. Conceição, A. Barros, V. Bouça, M. Ornelas, R. Malgueiro, A. Carvalho, A. Portela, C. Silva, E. Döpelheuer, S. Grishchuk, L. Gryshchuk, M. Gilberg, B. Wetzel, (Oral presentation), Use of biogenic silica nanoparticles derived from biomass in polymeric formulations and their application, MATCOMP19, 3-5 July 2019, MATCOMP19, Afundación Headquarters, Vigo, Portugal


ReInvent  30M meeting was held online on the 14 of January  2021.

The prepared agenda was fulfilled and constructive discussions were acomplished.

Two meetings were planned  fro February2021 – 1) discussion of WP3; 2) Exploitation workshop(WP 7)

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The 42M Meeting of ReInvent project took place on the 27 January 2022.

The partners presented advancements that are in line with the objectives of the project, enabling the achievements of all goals by the end of the project.


Public Deliverables

D1.1 - Report on extraction of bio-based raw materials


In this deliverable, the process for the extraction of different raw materials from renewable agricultural and forest-derived sources is described. Several raw materials were used for the extraction of silica, cellulose nanocrystals and lignin.

The different extraction products were characterized in order to select the most suitable for the development of functional monomers, precursors, additives and bio-nanofillers to be used for the production of new bio based rigid, and spraying insulation foams for the construction industry and novel bio based soft and semi-rigid foams for the automotive industry. The information contained in this deliverable is of crucial importance as it allows the identification of the most promising residues to be used as raw-materials in the upcoming tasks of the project.

D3.1 - Report on specification and requirements for the rigid foams and related construction products.


Requirements and specifications for the main ReInvent products for the construction sector, i.e. insulation sandwich panels, spray foams, pre-insulation pipes and structural sandwich panels for floor decks, were defined by the project end users.

The demo applications of the ReInvent products will be carried out in Spain Latvia and Poland, therefore the studied requirements and specifications presented in this document consider also the building regulations in these countries.

Performance requirements presented in this document are established for each type of studied product considered from two different points of views: material physical-mechanical properties and basic requirements for construction works.


D4.1 - Report on requirements and specifications for soft foams and related interior car parts.

The objective of the deliverable is the collection of all technical data at materials and components level for the automotive demonstrators targeted within the project for the automotive industries. These components are: headliner, Seat covers and foamed dashboard.

The report is divided in 3 chapters for each demonstrator detailing: materials properties and PU specifications, process parameters compliant with today materials and testing protocols for both materials and components

D6.1 LCA and LCC analysis of the end products

The present document reports the sustainability assessment design and implementation of the ReInvent system for the production of the end-products, which define the ReInvent value chains, through the LCA and LCC methodology. The system model is presented and its modular feature is considered. This result provided the right degree of flexibility to project the LCA and LCC analysis on the bio-based co-streams supply chains in connection to the value chains identified by the ReInvent product categories.

Each sub-system process has been analysed and major sources of impact have been identified, providing indications for the industrial up-scale phase related to formulations and processes. Analysis on impacts derived by different possible co-stream sources has been performed in order to assess the single process and the overall supply chain sensitivity to the different bio-based materials employed as raw materials.


D6.3 Report on the recyclability processes for new bio-based thermosetting materials

Aminolysis and glycolysis are considered to be the two most promising approaches to recycle polyurethane (PUR) based parts from the automotive and the construction sector due to their potential implementation as a mass recycling process on an industrial scale. The present deliverable reports on the present state of investigations of both approaches with regard to their suitability to recycle various parts form the automotive sector on a laboratory scale. Recycling products have been analysed extensively by combining standard analysing methods such as thermal gravimetry (TGA), rheology, infrared spectroscopy, various chromatographic techniques and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) with information on the original formulation of PUR samples. First considerations concerning the scaling up of laboratory results to an industrial scale are given. While the investigations presented here are related to parts made from conventional PURs, it is expected that results and procedures can be unambiguously adopted for the bio-based PUR samples to be investigated during further progress of the ReInvent project.

D7.4 Project brochure addressing the new products materials and fibres

The brochure represents the ReInvent project and its outputs.

It will be used for the dissemination and communication of the project

Link  to the brochure

D7.2 Plan for using and disseminating the know-how

The aim of this deliverable is to present the mid version of the dissemination and exploitation plan of the ReInvent project. It presents the actions that will be taken to disseminate the project highlights. Different dissemination avenues are described in relation to the stakeholders to be reached out. Dissemination methods range from the Internet website and social media to journals and conferences. The project website is recognised as a key dissemination medium which brings together all other types of dissemination. Exploitation plan starts with brief explanation of legal boundaries. We propose a set of exploitation tools and identify potential customers of ReInvent novel  biomaterials.   


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