BIOCOMEM – Bio-based copolymers for membrane end products for gas separations

The role of Maastricht University will be the synthesis and design of biobased copolymer precursors that can be processed into membranes with improved mechanical, thermal and permeation properties. Recycling of the membrane polymers via chemical and enzymatic ways is also a part of the study.

Project summary

This project is part of a European BBI (Bio-based industries) consortium with eight partners from both the public and the private sector. The project team works on “Bio-based copolymers for membrane end products for gas separations (BIOCOMEM)”.

Currently, chemical separations play a major part in energy use in process industry. The processes involved, such as distillation, account for 10 – 15% of the world’s energy consumption. Membrane based separations can be one order of magnitude more energy efficient than heat-driven separations that use distillation but their wider implementation demands materials that have specific functional qualities (permeance and selectivity) for given application.

In addition, membrane materials are required to have high resistance to contaminants (CO2, H2S, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), O2, NH4, and alkanes) and to process conditions (high-pressure 10-80 bar, temperature variations) and to be able to operate for long term (>10 years) with stable performance. In the BIOCOMEM project, we will develop


1Fundacion Tecnalia Research & InnovationTECNALIARTOSpain
2Maastricht UniversityUMHESNetherlands
3Technische Universiteit EindhovenTUEHESNetherlands
5Polymem S.A.POLYMEMSMEFrance
6Quantis SarlQUANTISSMESwitzerland
7E.H.M. Dirkse Management en Advies B.V.DMTSMENetherlands
8Arkema FranceARKEMAINDFrance


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