The NXTGENWOOD multisectoral research programme funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and is hosted by Trinity College Dublin.
NXTGENWOOD is an Irish research program and network for delivery of next generation wood products and increased economic return for Irish wood products.
As expansion of Irish forestry continues, the economic and employment contribution to the economy will become more significant. This requires research, development and innovation to maximise the value of this resource and ensure environmental and biodiversity concerns are addressed.
NXTGENWOOD will create sustainable commercial solutions to maximise this valuable resource by driving wood product development and processing innovations. A sustainable forestry sector will play a key role in Ireland meeting national and international policy requirements in developing a circular economy, climate change, and the EU Green Deal goals. In the long-term the research program will progress environmental, social and economic benefits by utilising forest residue biomass as a resource for the production of value-added products and the implementation of innovative technologies for producing circular wood-based products.
The NXTGENWOOD multisectoral research programme funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will address innovation in structural timbers, green adhesives and resins for bonded wood products such as plywood and MDF, extraction and synthesis of valuable biomaterials and biochemicals, and the development of wood-based composites and biopolymers.
The project will also develop a research network that will: