The research and development department in TBD-Biodiscovery (TBD) has developed a reproducible method to produce bio-based starting material (isosorbide-2-butyrate-5-methacrylate) for an Estonia-Russia Programme project: “Novel lignin-based plastics for sustainable polymer industry” in short BioStyrene, co-financed by the European Union, the Republic of Estonia, and the Russian Federation.

There were 4 batches of bio-based starting material produced and analyzed in TBD and sent to the project partners for the next stage of the project.

The project: “Novel lignin-based plastics for sustainable polymer industry” has a total budget of 586 986,56 EUR and the aim of the project is to develop a scalable process to replace fossil based non-biodegradable styrene with a biodegradable bio-based styrene counterpart from wood biomass.