BoostLab2: Switchable bonding for recycling and sustainable circular economy


In BoostLab2 and in BoostLab3, future technologies will be developed to facilitate a sustainable circular economy of composite materials, BoostLab2, and biofunctionally integrated materials with high added value, BoostLab3.

In BoostLab2, biogenic, switchable adhesive systems "Bonding and Debonding on Demand" will be developed, which, for example, enormously simplify repairs of electrical appliances for a sustainable circular economy and enable innovations in the recycling of multi-material composite in the sense of a sustainable circular economy. The latter is in line with the goals of a sustainable circular economy based on biogenic resources as formulated in the economic and structural program for the bio-economy model region and the EU Commission's action plan for the circular economy, Green Deal, in which consumers are to be granted a "right to repair".

The two subprojects differ scientifically in the development of different switch systems and adhesives, with BoostLab2-3 focusing on the development of structural adhesives with electrochemical switches, while BoostLab2-2 focuses on adhesives with temperature, light or mechanical force switches based on renewable raw materials or agricultural by-products.

The variety of "debonding on demand" applications in BoostLab2 minimize the risk of failure, in case of success create innovation advantages with break-through character and high value creation and spin-offs.

In the second Bio4MatPro project phase from the year 2026 to 2031, it is planned to make the successfully developed adhesive systems available in the Rheinisches Revier, in order to provide companies with the opportunity for innovations and product developments with "green" switchable adhesives as part of the planned Launch Center.

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