Bark Biorefinery

The Bark Biorefinery project represents a partnership between forest, chemical, and automotive industries and the public sector, aimed at the development of converting bark into green value-added products.

The research team from two universities, University of Toronto and Lakehead University, received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. This funding is matched by equal amounts from private sector partners and institutional support, mounting up to $5.25 million. Through this public and private partnership, the project aims to replace petroleum-based materials with green value-added products developed through conversion of bark. The outcomes of research will enhance the competitiveness of Ontario’s forestry sector, and will contribute to “Bio-Economy and Clean Technology” focus area of the provincial Innovation Agenda.


THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY


Special thanks to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

Collaborating Academic Institutions, Government Agencies,
Industry Partners, and Organizations

The Bark Biorefinery project represents a partnership between forest, chemical, and automotive industries and the public sector, aimed at the development of converting bark into green value-added products.


Latest News

Summer 2013

"Bio-based PF resins," is one of ASCE journal's Top 20 most downloaded articles. For more information, see press release here.


August 22, 2013

Bark Biorefinery project holds a workshop for Science Unlimited @utoronto. For more information, please see short slide show here.


May 6, 2013

"Bark-based Polyols," is highlighted in ACS Sustainable Chem. & Eng. journal cover page. For more information, see press release here.