National Research Projects

With each new project, we are closer to a biofuture.

RAIZ’s national research projects are developed in partnership, mainly, with research centers at Portuguese universities, with The Navigator Company and other national companies.

This teamwork and knowledge sharing have allowed consolidated progress in research and technological development, and have already led to patents registration.



Products and technologies for the Eucalyptus globulus sector

The goals are the development of new cementitious products based on inorganic residues, new applications for biological sludges and the development of cutting edge technologies for elimination of organochloride compounds in bleaching effluents. The expected outcome is the development, at laboratory scale, of geo-polymers, ecological cements, clinkers and biochar with commercial potential. The demonstration of a pilot technology for treatment of mill effluent is also a foreseen outcome of this project.


36 months (1.10.2016 - 30.09.2019).


The Navigator Company, RAIZ, University of Aveiro, Ventilaqua, Saint Gobain Weber and Secil.


Cellulose-based electronic platforms for biodetection

The demonstration of flexible electronic platforms on cellulosic matrices for pH detection by colorimetric and electrochemical methods. It also addresses the technical and the economic assessments of the biosensor platforms produced and the validation of the new products in real applications, particularly in the agri-food sector.


18 months (1.10.2016 - 31.03.2018).


The Navigator Company, RAIZ and CENIMAT/i3N (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).


Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus

The Project InPaCTus will support the creation of a University-Industry Centre of Excellence for meeting today challenges in the business areas of Pulp, Paper and Tissue and in the emerging segments of Bio-refineries and Bioproducts. Novel pulp products, UWF papers with enhanced properties and for new applications, optimized tissue paper manufacture processes and improved tissue products, and forest biomass derived biofuels, chemicals and cellulosic materials, are the main drives of this project.


48 months (01.06.2017 - 31.05.2021).


The Navigator Company, RAIZ, University of Coimbra and University of Aveiro.

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Sustainable Management of Acacia spp: Natural Control and other methodologies for the recovery of habitats in classified areas

The goal is to control invasive plants in protected areas identified by the consortium, including on a company property in Sines region. One of the activities is the biological control of acacia longifolia, acacia dealbata and acacia melanoxylon with natural enemies.


36 months (01.03.2017 - 28.02.2020).


University of Coimbra, RAIZ, Town Hall of Vagos and Figueiró dos Vinhos.


Online platform for knowledge transfer from RAIZ to the forest management of eucalyptus stands

Communication project and knowledge transfer of research from RAIZ – Forest and Paper Research Institute through the free provision of an online platform to assist the planning of forestry operations aiming at sustainable forest management case by case.


24 months (01.11.2017 - 31.10.2019).


RAIZ - Forest and Paper Research Institute.


Development of polymeric systems reinforced with cellulose fibers, valuing the application in eco-sustainable products

Development of a polypropylene composite reinforced with cellulose fiber. The developed composite can be used in the production of products through the plastic injection process. The results obtained will enable the creation of a new business area for the company: Bio Composites;


The Navigator Company, RAIZ and Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP).

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Models of simulation of the behavior of the paper sheet structure when subjected to variations of humidity and temperature adopting the multi-scale methodology

A tool that simulates the behavior of the paper structure and has contributed to obtain an improved sheet of paper, differentiated and therefore a product of superior quality.


The Navigator Company, RAIZ, Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP) and University of Minho.

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