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A new research federation: INCREASE

A public-private collaborative network for green chemistry called INCREASE, involving eight research units working in chemistry, agronomy, engineering and human and social sciences, will be working on using non-food biomass as an alternative to petroleum.  This network will also focus on promoting the training of research scientists.

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Mis à jour le 26/09/2016
Publié le 06/06/2016

How can we develop "green chemistry"?  By using biomass, a source of renewable carbon, as a raw material instead of petroleum.  That is the challenge that has been set by INCREASE (International coordination structure for research project), a new research federation sponsored by the CNRS.  All organic materials, of plant, animal or fungal origin, can be considered as biomass; it thus represents an immense source of renewable carbon from which a wide variety of chemical compounds could be made.  Among other areas, INCREASE will be focusing on lignocellulosic biomass such as wood or straw. Only non-food sources of biomass, such as agricultural residues and waste, will be processed.  INRA's Research Unit on Biopolymers - Interactions and Assemblies (BIA) in the Angers-Nantes Research Centre is one of the eight units that belong to this new public-private collaborative network, which was inaugurated on 13 May 2016. Sponsored by the CNRS, it is dedicated to ecodesign and renewable resources and thus aims to develop green chemistry using biomass - a renewable carbon source - as the starting material.  As well as the eight research units, INCREASE also involves representatives from different sectors in the chemicals industry (cosmetics, agrifood and detergents).

This collaborative network currently counts eight research units working in chemistry, agronomy, engineering and human and social sciences, mainly based in Western France.  These founder members will be working in synergy with the R&D arms of several companies (both major groups and SME). INCREASE aims to become a network of international importance regarding research on biomass and its industrial applications.  And it will be able to draw on both the scientific expertise of its academic partners and the know-how of participants from industry.

Another of INCREASE's objectives is to promote the training of young research scientists and the dissemination of knowledge in the areas covered by green chemistry, not only by organising the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC, which takes place every two years) but also lectures and debates for the general public.

The eight research units that are members of the INCREASE network are:

  • Poitiers Institute of Chemistry: Materials and Natural Resources (IC2MP, CNRS/Université de Poitiers)
  • Centre for Research on Economic and Financial Integration (CRIEF, ’Université de Poitiers)
  • Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (CNRS/Université Rennes 1/ENSC Rennes/INSA Rennes)
  • Research Unit on Biopolymers - Interactions and Assemblies (BIA, INRA Angers-Nantes)
  • Laboratory of Coastal Environment and Societies (CNRS/Université de La Rochelle)
  • Institute of Molecular Sciences (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux/Bordeaux INP)
  • Laboratory on the Chemistry of Organic Polymers (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux/Bordeaux INP)
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier/INP Toulouse)
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Département(s) associé(s) :
Caractérisation et élaboration des produits issus de l’agriculture
Centre(s) associé(s) :
Pays de la Loire