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Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.03.2016 to 30.06.2019
EU contribution:
6.772.639,25 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 685614.  


Biobased self-functionalised self-reinforced composite materials based on high performance nanofibrillar PLA fibres


BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and an ultra high stiffness and high Tm one to form the reinforcing fibres. To reach unprecedented stiffness in the reinforcing PLA fibres, we will combine PLA with bio-LCP (liquid crystalline polymer) for nanofibril formation. Further, we will increase the temperature resistance of PLA and improve its durability. This way, BIO4SELF will exploit recent progress in PLA fibre technology. We will add inherent self-functionalization via photocatalytic fibres (self-cleaning properties), tailored microcapsules (self-healing properties) and deformation detecting fibres (self-sensing).


  • Centre scientifique et technique de l’industrie textile belge, Belgium (Coordinator)
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Next Technology Tecnotessile Società Nazionale di ricerca r.l., Italy
  • MAIER SCOOP, Spain
  • Arçelik A.Ş., Turkey
  • Comfil ApS, Denmark
  • TECNARO Gesellschaft zur industriellen Anwendung nachwachsender Rohstoffe mbH, Germany
  • Chemosvit Fibrochem A.s., Slovakia
  • Anonymi Etaireia Viomichanikis Erevnas, Technologikis Anaptyxis Kai Ergastiriakon Dokimon, Pistopiisis Kai Piotitas, Greece
  • Ion Beam Applications SA, Belgium
  • Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH, Germany
  • Open Source Management Ltd., United Kingdom