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20th-22nd July.
SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS CONFERENCE
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16th & 17th September

IPPS MASTER CLASS AND 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BC
Programme now available
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UPCOMING EVENTS

July
9th July
VENTUREFEST WALES
Cardiff City Hall
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20th-22
nd July
SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS CONFERENCE
Registration and Call for Abstracts are now open.
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September
16th -17th September

IPPS Master Class and 25th Anniversary Celebration of BC

Paper published in Journal of Material Science, March 2014
Journal of Materials Science
"The water vapour sorption behaviour of acetylated birch wood: how acetylation affects the sorption isotherm and accessible hydroxyl content. "

 

BEACON finalist for RegioStars Award

Since 1989, BC (or The BioComposites Centre) has been at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry.

Today, in a world where sustainability and the environment are moving to the top of the agenda, we offer businesses of all kinds the knowledge and the technical means to put those alternatives into practice, helping them lower costs, increase productivity and make their activities more environmentally and socially responsible.

CURRENT NEWS ITEMS

VENTUREFEST WALES

BC will be exhibiting at Venturefest Wales on 9th July. The event is bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to inspire business growth in Wales. It is the first event of its kind, giving businesses and financiers the opportunity to connect with each other, share ideas, meet experts and find solutions that will encourage growth in Wales. More details...

PUBLIC OPEN DAY AT HENFAES

BC were at Henfaes, Bangor Universitys agricultural research station, on 12th June, as part of Universities week. This event aims to raise public awarness of how research at Universites impacts our every day lives. On show were many different bio-based products that we have been developing together with some of the current plant based research projects such as NISE, WISE, STARS.

NEW BC BROCHURE

A new BC brochure detailing the pilot scale capabilities at the scale-up and product development facility based on Anglesey has been produced. Read "The Biorefining Technology Transfer Centre" brochure to find out about our latest equipment acquisitions and processing technologies available. We may be able to help with your business solutions!

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING BREAKFAST CLUB

May 7th, SBBC presentation by Sue Hearn and James Walmsley on building a timber frame extension, including wood fibre insulation, on a traditional quarryman’s cottage. Details of practical experience of working with the materials and dealing with local planning and building control will be given.

BC JOINS INNOVAWOOD

BC attended the InnovaWood general assembly. InnovaWood is an umbrella organisation that integrates four European networks in the Forest, Wood-based and Furniture industries into a more effective mechanism to support innovation in these sectors. Read more...

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEACON

BEACON is the winner of the prestigious European Commission RegioStars Award 2014. This is fantastic recognition of the great achievement and impact of the project. Initially 19 finalist were chosen from 80 projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. Read more...

IPPS MASTER CLASS AND 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The IPPS Master Class will be held on 16th and 17th September in Bangor. The planning stages are well under way. This year we are combining the event with a special gala dinner and prestigious lecture to celebrate 25 years in business.

BANGOR SCIENCE FESTIVAL

BC staff will be helping at Hidden Worlds on Saturday 15 March. A display of various natural based materials including bio-based insulation products will be available. See Bangor Science Festival Website for further details.

BEACON CASE STUDY LAUNCH

Finance Minister Jane Hutt launched a BEACON publication, ‘Progress through Partnership’ at a business breakfast held during UK Climate Week [3-9 March] and BioWales 2014. The booklet highlights some of the innovative work underway in the £20m EU-backed BEACON project between companies and Universities in helping to establish Wales as a Biorefining Centre of Excellence. Read more...

ECO-SEE

BC are part of a consortium working on a new EU FP7 project looking to improve the indoor environmental quality of energy efficient buildings through the use of innovative eco-materials that will not only contribute to improved indoor spaces but also have lower embodied energy and carbon compared to existing solutions. Read more...

LIMNet WORKSHOP- SMART MATERIALS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS

A workshop, on Monday 31st March 2014, in Carnarfon, Gwynedd, will give an overview of smart materials in general and then more specifically look at the use of smart materials in textile related products. Read more...

LIMNet

BC is involved in a new A4B (Academia for Business) Knowledge Exchange Partnership funded by the Welsh Government. LIMNet, the Low Impact Materials Network, covers the following different sectors, smart and biomimetic materials, 3D printing and fabrication and building and construction. Read more...

SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS CONFERENCE

BC are hosting a Supercritical Fluids Conference on 20th-22nd July at Bangor University. The conference will bring together both academic researchers and industry to promote the application of supercritical fluids and to identify new opportunities to replace traditional solvent based processes with cleaner and greener technologies. Read more...

BEACON SEMINAR

BEACON are hosting a half day seminar on life cycle analysis and process optimisation at Bangor University on 25th February. Read more...

BC FEATURE IN WOOD BASED PANELS ARTICLE

BC feature in a three page spread in WBP International magazine as we mark our celebration of 25 years in business. The article features an overview of how BC was established in 1989 and gives a brief history of the Centre and its activities past and present. Read more...

JOB OPPORTUNITY

WINR are currently advertising for a Research Officer to work with the BioComposites Centre and Bangor University Chemistry Department. The work involves providing technical support to develop a biomass liquefaction reactor, and the use of the products of the reaction in chemical synthesis. Read more...

NREL RELEASE NEW LAND USE MODEL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA has released a new land use model, BioLUC, aimed at modelling the effects of bio-feedstock production scenarios on global land use change. Read more...

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING BREAKFAST CLUB

On January 16th a site visit has been arranged to view two properties being developed locally by Gary Newman, designed by Rachel Bevan Architects and being built by Williams Homes. Read more...

WELSH SOFTWOODS IN CONSTRUCTION REPORT

Wales Forest Business Partnership and Wood Knowledge Wales have produced a report about Welsh Softwoods in Construction. The report covers background information of welsh timber, construction design and methods for utilizing softwood. Read more...

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