Bionanopolys – An Open Innovation Test Bed for the development of safe nano-enabled bio-based materials

Climate protection, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and saving of fossil resources are key elements for a more sustainable future. Potential alternatives to fossil-based materials are so called biomaterials. However, these substances must offer functional properties for high-volume applications and need to perform even better in order to drive their adoption by industry and end users. Besides, fossil-based materials are still cheaper – a barrier for a successful market entry strategy.

Bio-based nano products for various fields

In order to provide biomaterials with the requested properties and make them more interesting for industrial use, the EU-project Bionanopolys was founded. Bionanopolys unites European experts in this field to transform these materials to nano-scale and moreover develop an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) environment. The aim is to manufacture innovative bionanocomposites from sustainably sourced feedstocks in Europe as well as bio-based nano-products for packaging, textile, agriculture, cosmetics, pharma or food.

For this purpose, Bionanopolys will use high lignocellulosic feedstocks for the production of cellulose nanofibers, cellulose nanocrystals, nanolignin and metallic nanoparticles on the one hand. On the other hand, high sugar content feedstocks will serve for the production of building blocks, organic acids, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and active compounds to create nanocapsules.


Network of pilot plants and comprehensive service portfolio

To speed up the introduction of biobased nano-enabled materials into the market by providing a Single Entry Point (SEP) for stakeholders, Bionanopolys aims at creating a network of 14 pilot plants and their complementary services. In this context, five pilot plants will focus on the development of bionanomaterials from biomass, three pilot plants are dedicated to bionanocomposites and six plants aim at manufacturing bio-based nanoproducts in order to reach a wide range of applications in different sectors. Pilot lines are going to be upgraded and fine-tuned across the entire Bionanopolys value chain.

Thereby, for the first time, Bionanopolys will create an integrated platform of technologies and scientific expertise as well as technicians devoted to the nanotechnology based on bio-based raw materials. A comprehensive portfolio of services for the development and integration of new bio-based nano-enabled products complements the outputs of the project. The services comprise scientific consultancy for the production on the one hand, and complementary considerations in terms of ethics, security, life cycle assessment, economic analyses etc. on the other.

Bionanopolys Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB)


On 17 February the Bionanopolys open call kicked off with a virtual event. Since then the OITB platform is open for your application.  

Did you miss the webinar? No worries, you can watch the recording here

Do you want to know more about the Bionanopolys network of 14 pilot plants and their complementary services?

Check out the OITB SERVICES ...

...and for more information do not forget to visit the Bionanopolys website and to take a peek at the 2nd OITB News!


Check the Project website 


Project Coordinator 

  • ITENE, Spain

Project Partners

  • AXIA Innovations, Germany 
  • STFI, Germany 
  • BPF, Netherlands 
  • ACIB, Austria
  • PWR, Poland
  • IMT, Romania
  • Ambrosia Lab, Italy
  • Particula Group, Croatia
  • Novamont, Italy
  • CTP, France
  • HTSM, Spain
  • IRIS, Spain
  • AITEX, Spain
  • Textisol, Spain
  • Logoplaste, Portugal
  • Danipack, Portugal 
  • Biotrend, Portugal 
  • Cidaut, Spain
  • Cellmat Technologies, Spain
  • CEA, France
  • University of Ghent, Belgium
  • EBN,Belgium
  • EBAN,Belgium
  • DS Smith, United Kingdom
  • G&S, Belgium
  • Centi, Portugal