Research in New Materials and Technologies


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   Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer  linkedin18px


“We do research by using our expertise for environmental, economic and social evaluation of new materials and technologies developed by the producers and provide them sustainable development, eco-design and circular economy alternatives. By doing so, we can guide and inform businesses, manufacturers and policy makers about the environmental impacts of new products and technologies developed.”   

derivados ptroquimico bioplsticos
Petrochemical Derivatives  Bioplastics
prcesos industriales biofbras
 Industrial Processes  Biofibers


The Chair is collaborating with LEPAMAP (Laboratory of Paper Engineering and Polymer Materials) from Universitat de Girona about the nanotechnology in paper industry through various projects.  
In addition to collaboration with universities, the Chair also has collaborators from the industry. GCR Group (Tarragona/Spain) and the Chair are collaborating for the evaluation of plastic granulates with mineral fillers; currently in their application to food packaging.


On going:
  • Didem Civancik Uslu: Advances in Life Cycle Assessment and Communication of plastics composites for food packaging. Doctoral Program in Environment at the University of San Jorge (Zaragoza).
    Funded and in collaboration with GCR Group. Director: Dr. Pere Fullana i Palmer (UNESCO Chair).



  • 2004-09 CICLEPELL: Ecología Industrial en la cadena del cuero animal (Ecologie Industrielle dans la chaîne de l’animal au cuir , subcontratado a EUETII-UPC).


  • 2015-current “Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Plastic Composites with Mineral Fillers Applied to Different Food Packaging” For GCR Group® - Granic.



  • Laso J., Margallo M., Celaya J., Fullana P., Bala A., Gazulla C., Irabien A., Aldaco R. 2016. Introducing Life Cycle thinking to define best available technologies for products: appication to the anchovy canning industry. Journal of Cleaner Production (online).
  •  Jiménez, A. M., Espinach, F. X., Granda, L. A., Delgado-Aguilar, M., Quintana, G., Fullana-i-Palmer, P., and Mutjè, P. (2016). "Tensile strength assessment of injection-molded high yield sugarcane bagasse-reinforced polypropyene" BioRes. 11(3), 6346-6361.


  • Delgado-Aguilar, M., Tarres, Q. , Pelach, M.A., Mutje, P., Fullana-i- Palmer, P. , 2015. Are Cellulose Nanofibers a Solution for a More Circular Economy of Paper Products?. Environmental Science and Technology, 49, 20, 12206-12213.





< 2009
  • Puig R., Rius E., Martí E., Solé M., Riba J., Fullana P., gazulla C., Calvet D., Raggi A., Notarnicola B., 2008. Industrial ecology as a planning approach for a sustainable tanning industrial estate. Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists 92(6) 238-244.
  • Puig R., Rius A., Martí E., Solé M., Riba J., Fullana P., 2008. Ecologia industrial aplicada al sector paperer de Catalunya. Afinidad LXV, 536:262-268



  • Aldaco R, Gazulla C, Fullana P, Irabien A, 2014. Gestión Sostenible de la Anchoa del Cantábrico: estrategias locales para un desarrollo global. CONAMA 2014, Madrid, Spain.


  • Raugei M., 2010. Material intensity analysis of CdTe PV vs. conventional electricity. 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain.


  • Fthenakis V.M., Held M., Kim H.C., Raugei M., 2009. Update of Energy Payback Times and Environmental Impacts of Photovoltaics. 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Cappellaro F., Masoni P., Moreno A., Amato A., Bala A., Fullana P. 2009. E-learning courses for innovating products and reducing environmental impact. Enviroinfo 2009: Environmental Informatics and Industrial Environmental Protection: Concepts, Methods and Tools. Berlin, Germany.


  • Raugei M., 2008. Prospective analysis of the future impact of CdTe PV in terms of Cd demand and Cd emissions. 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain.
  • Bosch T., Borghi V., Watson J., Ayuso S., 2004. Life Cycle Assessment: A Powerful Environmental Management Tool for the Detergent Industry. Annual Workshop for the Spanish Detergent Committee, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Fullana P., Betz M., 2002. COST Action 530- Sustainable Materials Technology: status and further development. SETAC Europe 12th Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria.
  • Barreiro C.M., Feijoo G., Fullana P., 2001. Life Cycle Assessment comparative between Bleaching of Pulp Paper by ECF and TCF method. 11th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, Madrid, Spain.
  • Torres A., Fullana P., Vallés M., 2001. Life Cycle Assessment of a pharmaceutical product. 11th Annual Meeeting of SETAC Europe, Madrid, Spain.
  • Puig R., Rius A., Hidalgo R., Canela J.M., Milà Ll., Domenech X., Rieradevall J., Fullana P., 1999. Use of LCA for the comparison of different strategies in the tanning process. 7th LCA Case Studies Symposium, Brussels, Belgium.
  • P. Celma, P. Fullana, 1993. Influencia de la radiación incidente en el crecimiento de microorganismos en el seno de un reactor circular plano. Deducción del modelo matemático del sistema fotorreactor-lámpara. II congreso de fotoquímica, Poblet, Spain.
  • A. Barrera, P. Celma, P. Fullana, J. Vilaseca, 1991. Line source models in annular photoreactors: graphical and numerical studies of the functions to be integrated. 1st Mediterranean Meeting on Photochemistry, Catania, Italy.
  • A. Barrera, P. Celma, M. Espasa, P. Fullana, 1989. Automatización y optimización de un método de determinación de la microestructura de sólidos. CHEMPOR 89, Lisboa, Portugal.

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