Project: Enhancing wood durability and physical properties through innovative bio-based sustainable treatments

The project is dedicated to the development of new bio-based formulations for wood treatment, with focus on several main market applications: railway wood sleepers, facade wooden pieces, outdoor furniture as well as internal structures, to promote the use of indigenous species, like beech and pine, not enough exploited mainly because of their limited durability. the idea is based on the combination of former research projects separately conducted in partners’ labs, which led to promising wood preservation technologies considering the complementary properties of the homo-polymers: i) elasticity and polarity of lactic acid oligomers, ii) biocidal effect of tannins and polyglycerols iii) networking and surface properties improvement of FDCA. Co-polymerization of those compounds is expected to provide excellent properties to wood by benefiting from actual properties of each separated treatment.

Acronym BIOCOPOL (Reference Number: n/a)
Duration 01/04/2014 - 30/06/2017
Project Topic Wood processing and treatments
Project Results
(after finalisation)
N/A (project still running)
Network WoodWisdom-Net+
Call WW-NET+ Call for Proposals

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Bern University of Applied Sciences Coordinator Switzerland
2 Salzburg University of Applied Sciences Partner Austria
3 LERMAB Laboratoire d’études et de recherche sur le matériau bois Partner France
4 CIRAD Partner France
5 Pongauer Jägerzaun, Altenmarkt im Pongau Partner Austria
6 Corbat Holding SA Partner Switzerland