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Jalel Labidi


Group description


The research group BIORP is formed by researchers from the department of chemical and environmental engineering. The group applies a holistic approach to develop sustainable processes for the valorization of biomasses to produce a broad variety of products and applications.

The research activities of the group cover the whole chain value of biomass biorefinery, from the raw material to final products, including the assessment of economic and environmental aspects.

The approach integrates knowledge in different fields, such as chemical and process engineering, chemistry, material and environmental sciences.


The research topics covered by the group include:

1.  Design of sustainable processes for biomass conversion to value added products

2.  Biobased materials

3.  Process integration

4.  Process simulation and optimization

5.  Environmental and energy optimization

6.  Process intensification of biorefinery processes

7.  Development of new applications the obtained products

8.  Design and characterisation of thermal energy storage materials based on sensible,      latent and thermochemical heat

9.  Corrosion studies and resistivity of materials in aggressive industrial environments.

10. Proposal of ecological coatings to mitigate corrosion at medium and high temperature in industrial heat recovery system






  • Biomass
  • Biorefinery
  • Cellulose
  • Lignin
  • Biocomposites
  • Chitosan
  • Chitin
  • bionanoparticules
  • Functional materials
  • Polyphenolics

Team Description

  • Jalel Labidi (Principal Investigator)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-8382-9492

  • Rodrigo Llano-ponte (Research staff)

    ORCID: 000-0003-2783-2635

  • Mª de los Ángeles Andrés (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-5278-3858

  • Maria Gonzalez (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-1607-6603

  • Xabier Erdocia (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-7780-876X

  • M. Mirari Antxustegi Bengoetxea (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-3188-5887

  • Angel G. Fernandez (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-3866-8674

  • Itziar Egüés Artola (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-2122-4439

  • Izaskun Dávila (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-0992-3114

  • Amaia Morales (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-7667-4683

  • Pedro Luis de Hoyos (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-0659-2567

  • René Herrera (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-7393-8073

  • Fernández-Marín, Rut (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-0883-4694


  • Biobased Materials for Construction

    Pl: Jalel Labidi

    Funding Agency*: Regional

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: COLAB20/04

  • Biorefinery based on green solvents

    Pl: Jalel Labidi

    Funding Agency*: Regional

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: MCIU-O21/P52

  • Desarrollo de una biorrefinería intergrada de multiproductos

    Pl: Jalel Labidi

    Funding Agency*: National

    Ongoing: no

    Project reference: MINECOR16/P29

  • Obtención de productos aromáticos de la lignina

    Pl: Jalel Labidi

    Funding Agency*: National

    Ongoing: no

    Project reference: MINECOR13/P74


    Pl: Jalel Labidi

    Funding Agency*: European

    Ongoing: no

    Project reference: 7PM-COOP-SCP13/04

* INT - International EU - European NAT - National RE - Regional


  • Robles, E., Izaguirre, N., Dogaru, B.-I., Popescu, C.-M., Barandiaran, I., Labidi, J., Sonochemical production of nanoscaled crystalline cellulose using organic acids, Green Chemistry, 2020

  • Sillero, L., Prado, R., Welton, T., Labidi, J., Energy and environmental analysis of flavonoids extraction from bark using alternative solvents, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021

  • Kaya, M., Mujtaba, M., Ehrlich, H., Salaberria, A.M., Baran, T., Amemiya, C.T., Galli, R., Akyuz, L., Sargin, I., Labidi, J., On chemistry of γ-chitin, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2017

  • Robles, E., Salaberria, A.M., Herrera, R., Fernandes, S.C.M., Labidi, J., Self-bonded composite films based on cellulose nanofibers and chitin nanocrystals as antifungal materials, Carbohydrate Polymers, 2016

  • Erdocia, X., Prado, R., Fernández-Rodríguez, J., Labidi, J. Depolymerization of Different Organosolv Lignins in, Supercritical Methanol, Ethanol, and Acetone to Produce Phenolic Monomers, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 2016

Research Lines


The focus of this research line is to develop new materials using biobased resources available in the Basque Country and Nouvelle Aquitaine.  Several biobased materals such as lignin, chitin, chitosan, cellulose and hemicellulose in combination with bionanoparticules (nanocellulose, nonochitin, nanolignin…) and/or extractives from plants  can be used to develop new materials  can be used in different applications such: active food packaging, sensors, adsorbent materials, hydrogels, materials for energy storage, coatings…

The main idea is to develop “Green” process that allow to convert in efficient way the biomass in wide range of products such building blocks, polymers and material that could substitute their counterpart produced from non-renewable resources.


  • The main focus is the application of process integration methods (pinch analysis), exergy analysis and life cycle analysis to optimize the energy consumption of continuous and batch industrial processes. Introduction of intermediate energy storage is one of relevant issue when dealing with batch processes. In addition the use of renewable energies (solar thermal energy, biomass) is also considered.


  • One of the key issue for the implementation of biorefineries is the development of efficient process in term of energy and water consumptions. The main idea is to use tools of process integration combined with process simulation to design efficient processes. In addition, the use of process intensification technologies such microwave and ultrasound could contribute to the minimization of energy consumption and to the reduction of the environmental impacts of the designed process.

Cross-border Collaboration (if any)

The Biorp Group has established collaboration since 2015 with the University of Pau and Pays d’Adour  in the field of biobased materials  and in particular with Prof. Bertrand Charrier, Prof.  Fatima Charrier-Bouhtoury,  Dr. Susana Fernandes (former member of research group and holder of the Excellence Chair MANTA) and Dr Eduardo Robles (former member of research group and holder of the Excellence Chair  BOIS). Some of the results of this collaboration:

Co-tutelle PhD thesis of Pedro Luis de Hoyos: "Fireproofing biosourced-phenolic resins for the protection of wood composites", 2019. UPV/EHU – UPPA

Collaborative research project funded by UPV/EHU “Biobased Materials for Construction” (ref. COLAB20/04) aimed to join the effort for the development of sustainable materials.

Co-organization of the International Conference on MATERIALS & ENERGY in 2018 in San Sebastian

Publication of several research papers

We have identified the team 2 “Biopolymers and bio-sourced polymers” in the laboratory LCPO (Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques) at the University of Bordeaux as potential partner for starting collaboration in the field of biobased materials.