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Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research (FLIPPR)

Project Leader
Rosenau Thomas, BOKU Project Leader
COMET - K1-Zentren
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research Projekt GmbH, Murmühlweg 2, 8112 Gratwein, Austria.
Contact person: DI Thomas Timmel;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Mondi Frantschach GmbH, Frantschach 5, 9413 St. Gertraud, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Norske Skog Bruck GmbH, Fabriksgasse 10, 8600 Bruck an der Mur, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co. KG, Brucker Straße 21, 8101 Gratkorn, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Technical University Graz, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 3, 8010 Graz, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Zellstoff Pöls Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Luigi Angeli-Straße 9, 8761 Pöls, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Gindl-Altmutter Wolfgang, Sub Projectleader
Potthast Antje, Sub Projectleader
Konnerth Johannes, Sub Projectleader
Henniges Ute, Sub Projectleader
Liebner Falk, Sub Projectleader
Böhmdorfer Stefan, Sub Projectleader
Amer Hassan, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2020)
Korntner Philipp, Project Staff (bis 31.03.2022)
Bacher Markus, Project Staff
Sumerskii Ivan, Project Staff
Eilenberger Gottfried, Project Staff (bis 21.11.2016)
Zinovyev Grigory, Project Staff (bis 10.01.2020)
Bertoli Luca, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2015)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Institute of Chemistry of Renewable Resources
Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
Fines for Non-Paper Products (Nano-Fibers)
Lignin-based binders (Binders)
Platform for lignin analytics (Lignin platform)
Chemical modification of long fiber fractions (long fibers)
N-Modification of Lignin (N-Lignin)
Chemical modification of short fiber fractions (Fines)
Lignin decolorization, hydrogenation and bleaching (H-Lignin)
Development of lignin based binders for pigment coating of paper (FLIPPR - Pigmentbeschichtung)
Funded by
Austria Research Promotion Agency - Research and Technology Promotion for Industry, Kärtner Straße 21-23, 1015 Wien, Austria
Energy supply and climate change are today’s most pressing preoccupations. Promoting renewable materials certainly is the most efficient way to improve sustainability in resource use. In this context the pulp and paper industry is well placed as it is based on one of the most important renewable raw materials – wood. While novel wood based biorefinery concepts have been in the focus of scientific research for quite some years, the integrated development of new products and their manufacturing within the pulp and paper industry still is to be seen as a major bottleneck with a great potential.
In this K-Project Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research - FLIPPR, the efforts are focused on establishing structural know-how to make more efficient use of both major raw materials streams of the industry - cellulose and lignin. The single projects focus on applications in the pulp and paper value chain but also in areas outside the classical product chain. Product and process design in the pulp and paper industries are mostly empirical due to the underlying complexity of raw materials, processes and products. The goal of FLIPPR is to transform this empirical domain into a science-based endeavour and to give the current product and process development approaches in the field of lignin and fibre usage a new direction. The respective expertise in pulp manufacturing (kraft, sulphite and mechanical pulping processes), paper production (wood free and mechanical graphic papers, packing papers), process technology, analytical chemistry, pulp and paper chemistry, fibre and paper physics, coating technology, organic synthesis, enzymes and biotechnological strategies of the participating scientific and company partners complement each another ideally.
FLIPPR is structured in two highly interconnected areas of precompetitive scientific research focusing on lignin and fibre utilization and a third area with the general focus on techno-economic assessment, LCA and project management. Within these areas a total of twelve projects will be carried out that will enable a more efficient use of the lignin and fibres from existing pulp and paper plants in the future. Lead Institution: Papierholz Austria Ges.m.b.H. Company Partners: Sappi Gratkorn-Produktions GmbH, Mondi Frantschach GmbH, Norske Skog Bruck GmbH, Zellstoff Pöls AG (these 4 partners together are the 100% owners of Papierholz Austria Ges.m.b.H.) Scientific Institutions: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (UFT Tulln), Graz University of Technology (Graz), University of Graz.
organic chemistry; macromolecular chemistry; polymer chemistry; pulp and paper technology; renewable resources; wood chemistry;
cellulose chemistry; chemistry of renewables; fiber chemistry; lignin sructure and analytics; non-energetic lignin utilization;
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