1. Development of new bio-based composite materials utilising lignin from the pulp and paper industry blended with biopolymers as a precursor.
  2. Reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing process through the use of microwave and radio frequency (MW/RF) heating technologies.
  3. Surface functionalisation using non-aqueous processes to enhance performance in polymer composites
  4. Increased sustainability of composite materials.
  5. A competitive edge for end-user sectors such as transportation, renewable energy and construction.

The LIBRE project consists of a consortium of industry and academic research organisations. It aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of lignin based carbon fibre materials for application in energy and automotive sectors.