French Fibers Innovative Cluster:
Whether through support for research and development projects, economic watch programmes, deployment of eco-design, structuring of sectors (plant fibres, green chemistry, etc.), or numerous events aimed at encouraging exchanges and getting this new industry better known, the French Fibers Innovative Cluster team is there to support you throughout your innovation process.
The 400 member companies and researchers work on developing new materials for sustainable housing, interior fittings, transport, or healthcare & individual protection.
University of Lorraine:
The University of Lorraine has been created on 1st January 2012 by the merger of Nancy-I, Nancy-II, Paul Verlaine University – Metz, and the INPL. The merger process started in 2009 with the creation of a "pôles de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur" or PRES.
The university is divided into two university centers, one in Nancy (biological sciences, health care, administration, and management) and one in Metz (material sciences, technology, and management). The University of Lorraine has a student body of over 55,000 and offers 101 accredited research centers organized in 9 research areas and 8 doctoral colleges.
LERMAB (laboratory of studies and research on wood materials):
The scientific program of LERMAB are based on 4 major themes:
- Basic knowledge of wood material and materials made from wood, design of new products made from wood ;
- Processes concerning the transformation of wood and the elaboration of products made from wood ;
- Energy and processes relative to the environmental problems linked to transformation processes ;
- Renewable carbonaceous wood raw material for energy and fine chemical products.
Examples of applications :
Structural biology of wood, prediction of the mechanical properties of wood, relationship between wood structure and properties on different scales (from micro to macro)
The research themes of the center INRA of Nancy is organized in 3 axes: functioning of the forest ecosystems, the engineering and the food safety and territories, grounds, water and biodiversity.
Functioning of the forest ecosystems:
The global objective is to favor a sustainable management of the forest ecosystems which involves at the same time, their sustainability, the preservation of the capital, a production supported in time and the transmission in the future generations of all the wealth that the forest ecosystems can receive.
The wood approach as bio-material is based on a deductive and predictive approach of the biology-structure-property relations: technological innovations, in particular to work out strong transformation processes or to give new function to materials.
The Xylofutur Competitiveness Cluster aims at helping companies increase their competitiveness thanks to industrialization and innovation. Xylofutur accounts 155 members and its scope covers : cultivated Forest, Wood based industry, Wood based chemistry.
Thanks to major players in the chemistry, cellulose components and to a strong local paper industry, as well as of a dynamic range of SMEs and research labs, Xylofutur contributes to the outcome of wood-based chemistry and to all associated R&D efforts : from biofuels (BIOETHANOL project), to bioactive substances (BIOEXTRA project) and composite bio materials (BEMA project).
16 projects have been granted the Xylofutur label so far (7 of them being granted €5.1 M public financing). XYLOFOREST innovation platform supported by Xylofutur and managed by the Universities and public research centers and Institutes Xylochem is the technical platform dedicated to biomass treatment, to the production of cellulosic fibres, to extraction of bio molecules and to the synthesis of new biosourced polymers