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Lodz University of Technology: Marking 70 years
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University for the Bio-Economy
May 7, 2015   
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The Lodz University of Technology was one of the first universities in Poland to begin intensive research into a range of issues related to the bio-economy.

The main areas of this research are:
- developing processes for obtaining energy and chemicals with high added value from biomass derived from waste and vegetation using industrial biotechnology methods;
- obtaining new biomaterials and polymer composites of controllable biodegradability based on cellulose nanofibers and bionanocellulose;
- developing technologies for obtaining new biocatalysts and biocatalyst mimetics for the production of fuel and organic chemical compounds of substantial industrial significance (platform molecules) from biomass;
- developing biotechnological processes for producing functional foods useful in preventing and treating diet-related diseases;
- developing new ways of integrating fermentation and bioconversion processes with product separation, purification and batching;
- developingbiorefinery processes based on waste and renewable resources.

The Lodz University of Technology is carrying out a number of projects that are directly connected with the goals of the bio-economy. The university is a leader of two projects nearing completion that are supported with EU funds as part of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme: “Utilization of Biomass for the Preparation of Environmentally Friendly Polymer Materials” (BIOMASA) and “Biodegradable Fibrous Products” (BIOGRATEX).

The university is expanding its operations, as proved by submitted project proposals such as the Bio-economy Center as well as a Teaming up for Excellence project under the H2020 Framework Programme to establish an International Center for Research on Innovative Biobased Materials (ICRI-BioM).

The Lodz University of Technology has extensive experience in bio-related research. The university’s rector, Prof. Stanis³awBielecki, created what is known as the £ód¼school of industrial biotechnology, building a strong bio-research center in £ód¼ that has won national and international recognition. The BioTechMed Advanced Technology Center was initiated and is coordinated by the university. The university is involved in the work of the Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Industry, the Polish Biotechnology Federation and the European Center of Bio and Nanotechnology. The university’s role in setting up the BioNanoPark and the TechnoPark in £ód¼ has also been significant.

The university played a key role in the formation of the Polish Bio-economy Technology Platform, in which Prof. Bielecki chairs the Coordinating Committee.

The Lodz University of Technology is also a member of the Polish Technology Institute, which focuses on integrating Polish R&D potential as well as intensifying research and development projects involving businesses, carrying out research projects and programs of key importance to the Polish economy and improving the level of innovation in the economy through the development of strategic Polish technologies.

BeataKolesiñska
Institute of Organic Chemistry
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