Bio-carbon Innovation for Light-weight Material Applications

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This project is funded through the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science – Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence – Round 07

Towards circular decarbonized economy

An R&D initiative to advance new bio-carbons from biomass conversion

Light-weight biocarbon-based materials for mitigating climate change

Sustainability and utilization of renewable resources


The Bio-carbon Innovation for Light-weight Material Applications project represents a partnership between University researchers, industry and public sector. This R&D initiative will focus on producing a wide variety of new biocarbons from co-products of biomass conversion and agricultural resource waste streams. The generated biocarbons and natural fibre composites will be incorporated into plastic materials for uses in auto-parts, packaging and consumer products.

Auto-parts | Packaging | Consumer Products

Project Aims

This project is part of an economic shift away from non-renewable fossil fuel based plastics. Bridging Ontario’s two largest industrial sectors, automotive and agri-food, the project aims to advance Canada’s manufacturing competitiveness in auto-parts, packaging, and consumer products uses that utilize bio-carbon in order to substitute the petro-based carbon, supporting sustainability and utilization of renewable resources.

This initiative is a collaboration between researchers from the University of Guelph, Western University, Lakehead University and the University of Toronto, as well as eleven industry partners.

The collaborating institutions for this project are:

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