Partners

The BIOCOMEM consortium consists a multidisciplinary team with experise in polymer and membrane synthesis and scale up as well as in transversal activities. The team includes 8 partners from 5 countries as listed in the table below.

Name Acronym Type Country
TECNALIA RTO Spain
Maastricht UniversityInstitute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) UM HES Netherlands
TUE HES Netherlands
B4Plastics B4P SME Belgium
Polymem S.A. POLYMEM SME  France
Quantis Sarl QUANTIS SME  Switzerland
E.H.M. Dirkse Management en Advies B.V. DMT SME  Netherlands
Arkema France ARKEMA IND France 

TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION is a private, independent, non-profit applied research centre of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing more than 1,400 people (248 PhDs) and with an income of 110 Million € in 2018.

The whole team at TECNALIA has one GOAL: to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through generation of business opportunities for industry. TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 6 business divisions covering the economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT. TECNALIA has been granted over 658 patents and promoted more than 20 spin-off companies.

Maastricht University (MU) hosts about 16,000 students in international BA, MA and graduate programs and 2,000 academics. In the 2014 QS ranking of young research universities MU, ranks 4th as best young university in Europe. MU has since 2012 a research institute specifically dedicated to “Biobased Materials”, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM). MU also hosts the first international Master program on Biobased Materials in Europe. MU was partner in the EU FP7 with over 700 projects, while coordinated more than 150 projects. MU has been awarded the European Commission’s “HR Excellence in Research” logo in 2015.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to: science for society:

  • solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

B4PLASTICS is a Belgian scale-up tech company designing, developing and distributing eco-plastic products. Tomorrow's sustainable world will increasingly require the use of local, renewable and/or biodegradable resources, and that is exactly what the company starts already today. This way, B4plastics products guarantee a pioneering novel balance between price, quality, functionality and sustainability.

POLYMEM SA started its business in 1997, specializing in the development and manufacturing of membranes based upon hollow fibres. POLYMEM develops and manufactures also equipment based upon membrane filtration. POLYMEM sells its products to the most important actors on the water and wastewater markets: Veolia, Ondeo, Saur, and smaller national and international SMEs. Polymem modules family has obtained in 2005 the NSF/ANSI61 certificate. At the present time 2017, 60 people are employed by POLYMEM, achieving a turnover around 4 million of Euros. Between 6 and 8 peoples are employed at full time in the R&D department of the company.

Quantis is a leading sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA) Swiss consultancy, specialised in supporting organisations to measure, understand, manage and communicate on the sustainability performance of their products, services and operations.

With LCA as its backbone, Quantis purpose is to guide organisations to define, shape and implement smart solutions from an environmental sustainability perspective, by delivering robust metrics, resilient strategies, useful tools and credible communications. Amongst Quantis sustainability consultants, several are internationally renowned experts in LCA, shaping the future of sustainability, backed by a strong scientific background.

DMT Environmental Technology was founded in 1987 and has grown into a company with around 80 employees worldwide. Working from six branches and sales offices around the world. The head office is in Joure, sales offices are located in Montreal in Canada, in Oregon America and also an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. DMT Environmental Technology is a company that specializes in engineering and delivering turn-key installations that help companies to contribute to the environment in a sustainable and profitable way. One of the major product lines DMT Environmental Technology offers, enables biogas to be upgraded to pure methane for gas grid injection. Their main product within this product line is the Carborex-MS, a system for CO2-separation using semi-permeable membranes. Within the field of membrane based biogas upgrading DMT is one of the leading companies.

Arkema is a French chemical company with a turnover of 8.8 B€ and 20000 employees worldwide. The company is a global supplier of chemical specialties. High performance material sales generates 46% of its turnover. Moreover, Arkema is a global leader in high performance bio-based polyamides. Its R&D facilities are mainly located in France.

Arkema has an expertise in designing polymers for technical applications. Modifying polymer compositions using a tool box of monomers, but also by graft polymerization, in order to satisfy technical requirements of new applications, is the daily work of the company‘s R&D staff.