There is a fast growing interest for the development and introduction of new engineered natural materials derived from plants in very different industrial sectors and new environmentally friendly products. Engineered natural materials are becoming widely applied as a replacement of fossil fuel derived polymers and composites.

Fotokreditering: APCOR – Portuguese Cork Association

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The seminar on Engineered Natural Materials in Functional Applications brings together top European industrial and academic speakers providing up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments, new possibilities and opportunities that can support companies in implementing natural materials innovation. The seminar covers the topics of multi-functional natural materials, natural materials from agricultural waste, biopolymers and binders, natural fiber composites and paper substrates for sensors and solar cells.

Target audience
The webinar is directed to engineers and production managers with interest in the use of natural materials in structural and other functional applications.

Seminar organizer
Giuliano Bissacco (DTU Construct) from Teknologisk Videndeling’s production steering group.

Binding registration
Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time. Just remember to send us an e-mail so we know who to expect.

Contact information
Please do not hesitate to contact Teknologisk Videndeling by e-mail


11 juni 2024 kl. 09:00 - 12:30


Online seminar via MS Teams




7 juni 2024


DKK 995 - Members of Teknologisk Videndeling, MADE and promoting partners listed in the registration form

DKK 1,295 - Non-members

DKK 150 - BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here. Early bird discount does not apply)

DKK 595 - PhD Students (Early bird discount does not apply)

All prices are exclusive of 25 % VAT.

The fee includes talks and seminar materials.


09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and introduction

09:10-09:40 Cork - A unique natural material

Paulo Américo Oliveira, Chairman, APCOR – Portuguese Cork Association, Portugal

Unknown to many, cork is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource with a range of unique properties that make it an excellent choice for a variety of applications.

Cork has been used for centuries as a stopper in wine bottles, but its characteristics led it to a multiple range of applications, ranging from construction to the aerospace industry.

With its legacy and in a world where the demand for sustainable materials is increasing, there are certainly many more applications to come!

Paulo Américo Oliveira is graduated in economics (from Faculdade de Economia do Porto).  He has developed his whole professional activity at the Corticeira Amorim Group since 1991. In 2021 he accepted the role of CEO of the Cork Composite Business Unit. He is currently CEO of the Unit Amorim Florestal, S.A and Chairman of APCOR since 2021.

09:40-10:10 Industrial valorisation from vegetal by-products

Fernando Vazquez, Business Development Manager, Feltwood, Spain

Agriculture and food processing generate a large amount of waste or by-products.

Using these plant-based wastes, and through a transformation process, we produce ecoesTM, a raw material to manufacture products that substitute plastic.

Its production uses exclusively plant-based waste, without the addition of additives or chemicals, processed with a disruptive technology.

The result is a fiber with very special properties, a sustainable raw material that replaces plastic in a multitude of uses and products.

  • It can be combined with cellulose to be moulded in wet processes.
  • It can also be die-cut and thermoformed from sheets.

The ecofibre gives the resulting product better physical properties, especially increasing its hardness and stiffness.

Fernando Vazquez is Business Development Manager at Feltwood. He has 15 years of experience in business development in the specialised industry, he has led R&D, engineering, manufacturing and after-sales service projects in different national and international markets.

10:10-10:40 Green innovation developed by biomimicry - for a sustainable future

Dan Blomstrand, Business Development Director, OrganoClick, Sweden

Why are chemicals made from fossil fuels? Why are plastics – that never break down – used in products that are used once and then thrown away? These were the questions two young researchers asked in the mid-90s when they began their research in natural chemical processes, so-called biomimetics or biomimicry. Based on their research, OrganoClick was founded as a spin-off company from Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2006. Today, we are a fast-growing green chemical company with our own product development and manufacturing, and we export around the world. But our vision from the start has been the same: a world free from plastic waste and chemical pollution. For a sustainable future.

Dan Blomstrand is Business Development Director, employed since 2016. Education: M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Uppsala University. Economy and business development at the Uppsala School of Entrereneurship. Selected past assignments: Head of business unit Biocomposites at OrganoClick, Business Unit Manager at Aerosol Scandinavia and Global Account Executive at Catalent Pharma Solutions.

10:40-10:55 Break

10:55-11:25 Natural Fibre Composite Materials - An Overview of Practical Applications and their Impacts

Paul Riesen, Head of R&D, Greenboats, Germany

Greenboats utilizes natural fibre composites across various product categories. The future of these composites will be defined by their entire lifecycle. The interplay between production, sustainability, use, distribution, and end-of-life is shaped by the manufacturing process and the combination of materials.
In this presentation Greenboats will provide an overview of these relationships and underscore it with examples of NFC products.

Paul Reisen is Head of R&D, simulation, manufacturing and design of NFC and a research focus on processing recycled carbon fibres with product development in highly loaded hydrofoils.

11:25-12:05 Overview of Sensors and Solar Cells on Paper Substrates developed at i3N|CENIMAT

Hugo Águas, Associate Professor, CENIMAT|i3N, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Portugal

The next-generation of low cost flexible, disposable, portable and potentially wearable electronic systems will require the integration of energy power sources to turn them fully autonomous. The technology and fabrication process of these devices must be compatible with large scale and roll-to-roll manufacturing, which yield the amenability to low cost production, a requirement particularly important for disposable devices. Cellulose paper fulfill these requirements, it has excellent mechanical properties, such as flexibility and foldability, and it is a low cost, recyclable, and environmental friendly material. It is chemically and mechanically stable under atmospheric conditions and its surface wetting properties can be easily modified so several end aplications. In this work I will give an overview of the work that has been developed at i3N|CENIMAT concerning the use of paper substrates for the development to of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) substrates with the view of Biosensor applications, and photovoltaic solar cells on paper as a power source for electronic devices on paper or be used as energy harvesting in indoor applications.

Hugo Águas is Associate Professor at the Materials Science Department of FCT-NOVA and photovoltaics research group leader at CEMOP-UNINOVA. He received his PhD in 2005 in Optoelectronics Engineering. His current research interests are in the fields of thin films deposition and silicon materials for photovoltaic devices and optical sensors; nanomaterials processing; biosensors; microfluidics and SERS.

12:05-12:25 Panel discussion

12:25-12:30 Closing remark

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