The main objective of this COST Action is to catalyse a synergistic approach for the whole value-chain of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid and derivatives, aiming concomitantly to boost innovation in the current research & development (R&D) status quo and, moreover, to overcome the scientific, technological and the industrial limitations that hinder the wide deployment of new FDCA products developed in actual market applications.
In a global expansion context of polymers production, but in contrast to a more stagnated European panorama, current opportunities come from the so-called ‘bioplastic industry’. Additionally, FDCA is considered as a promising platform chemical and key polymer building block from renewable origin, and many efforts on FDCA production and the ensuing polymers synthesis and characterisation have, indeed, shown its huge potential for being the future ‘bioplastics’.
Hence, exploring the scientific and technical solutions, addressing the opportunities for, and obstacles to market introduction, as well as the environmental issues of the key renewable-based building block FDCA and its polymeric materials production and manufacturing is an opportunity to establish an European leadership, contributing to the reindustrialisation within the UN sustainability goals. A more in-depth analysis of current R&D on FDCA-products clearly shows that efforts are scattered in several individual initiatives and separate from key industrial stakeholders.