Fibrenet forms a unique collection of projects

The research in Fibrenet consortium takes place in the crossroads of three application areas and various methods that span over large range of different size scales as illustrated in the figure below. The figure also presents the distribution of our Individual Research Projects (IRPs) in the different crossroads.

The application areas represented in Fibrenet and related to bio-based fibres are biocomposites, Overviewpaper and packaging applications and biomedical applications. In our consortium, the biomedical applications concentrate on biomedical textiles, such as wound healing textiles, and cell scaffolds. All the application areas are important for the European industry although combining them in the fibre-based research is rather unique.















Our aim is find commonly beneficial solutions to processing fibres and optimizing their properties - irresspective of the application area. In order to truly master the fibre poperties and their effect on the properties of the end-product the research spans over many size scales from naoscale functionalization and modelling to large scale production.










In order to reach the objectives, a versatile set of know-how and organizations have been brought together under the Fibrenet consortium. The table below summarizes some of the core know-how and methods related to Fibrenet offered by participating organizations.


Functionalization and modification

Biocomposites Paper&packaging Biomedical

TUG: fractionation and chemical/ physical modification of pulp fibres and fractions

MON: surface treatment for fibre hydrophobisation for polypropylene composites

KUL: fibre treatment to lower moisture uptake








TUG :pilot coating machine

BK: surface modification of wood fibres for formable packaging and barrier properties, active packaging surfaces

KEM: modification of fibre surface properties with chemicals

TEP: developing aseptic multilayer surfaces

KTH: surface modification of model surfaces using well-defined chemistry




UM: material preparation techniques, electrospinning, 3D and inkjet printing, fibre surface modification, binding and analysis of proteins/peptides/aminoacids

LIT: surface modification of regenerated cellulose textile fibres with inorganic ceramic materials, metals, or metal oxide particles (lab & pilot scale)

AMIBM: material preparation, chemical and physical modification of the material, fibre coating, wet spinning, electrospinning, 3D printing:

BioTex: preparation of the aerogel material, fibre extrusion and fibre porosity modification



Biocomposites Paper&packaging Biomedical

TUT: microrobotic characterization of mechanical properties and macroscopic characterization

KTH: macroscopic characterization

UM: surface characterization of fibres, wetting, chemical composition, charges, topography, swelling, mechanical tests of textile fibres

TUG: morphological-, mechanical-, chemical-, sorption-, optical testing of fibre- and composite properties

MON: mechanical (tensile strength and impact strength), optical- and surface testing of composites

BCO: mechanical characterization of composite materials (tensile, bending), accelerated aging in humid environments

KUL: combined physical-chemical-micromechanical characterisation of fibre-matrix interfaces, study of wetting, mechanical testing of fibres (e.g., optical strain mapping and µ-CT)

TUT: microrobotic characterization of mechanical properties

KTH: determination of molecular interaction between chemically modified model surfaces

UM: wetting, surface topography, printability, oxygen and water vapour transmission measurements, mechanical tests

TUG: testing for liquid interaction, optical-, mechanical-, structural- properties testing

BK: fibre, paper, board, packaging, product

KEM: physical characterization of papers and boards

MON: testing of packaging materials under process conditions in bag filling and handling centre, industrial printing centre

TEP: packaging





TUT: microrobotic characterization of mechanical properties

KTH: macroscopic characterization

UM: physico-chemical surface characterization methods

TUG: testing for liquid interaction, mechanical-, and structural- properties testing

LIT: textile fibre, woven/non-woven testing according to industrial and consumer demands

EDU: biological testing, viability of cells in the scaffolds

AMIBM: chemical characterization of the material and in-vitro functionality tests for biomedical applications

BioTex: in-vivo functionality characterization of the textile scaffolds







Biocomposites Paper&packaging Biomedical

KTH: macro and micro mechanical modelling

TUG: modelling of material constitutive behaviour

TUT: continuum modelling of a micro-test

KUL: nanoscale modelling of the elementary components of a fibre

AMIBM: modelling of environmental impact





KTH: modelling of the controlling factors for optimized adhesion between chemically treated surfaces

TUG: modelling of material constitutive behaviour, process modelling for energy optimization

BK: paper mechanics

TEP: continuum scale modelling of paper in converting processes

KUL: modelling at the sub-micrometer scale of the interactions between fibres, access to HPC facility

AMIBM: modeling of environmental impact

KTH: macro and micro mechanical modelling

TUG: modelling of material constitutive behaviour

TUT: continuum modelling of interfacial de-cohesion

KUL: nanoscale modelling of the elementary components of a fibre

UM: viscoelastic modelling of surface bound thin layers






Process development, production

Biocomposites Paper&packaging                 Biomedical

BK: development of forming solutions for thermoforming and deep drawing

MON: industrial production- and converting process development for wood-plastic composites

UM: porous substrates by freeze drying, foaming, fibre manufacturing and coating in the pilot scale (electrospinning, 3D printing)

BCO: processing of bio-based composite parts with most of composite manufacturing methods




TUG: pilot coating machine

BK: development of processes for highly formable packaging (FibreForm®) and packaging materials (liquid packaging, sacks and grocery bags, corrugated board, etc.)

KEM: development and application of dry strength agents

TEP: developing processes and machinery for product packaging

UM: paper and textile coating, lamination/impregnation





UM: pilot and lab scale electrospinning, 3D and inkjet hydrogel and fibre composite printing, spin coating, fibre impregnation

LIT: development of spinning process and production of modified yarns with FIR activity for biomedical application

EDU: graft production

AMIBM: development and processing of the bio-based materials for different medical applications, wet spinning- and coating facilities for production of bio-based medical fibres

ITA: technology transfer from bench to industry