Experts from nova introduced: Florence Aeschelmann

Bio-based Plastics and Composites (Department: Technology & Markets)

Aeschelmann, Florence KopieHaving graduated in 2013 from a French engineering school in material science, Florence Aeschelmann joined nova’s team as scientific staff in the department Technology & Markets in 2014. Her main focus is on bio-based materials, especially bio-based polymers. She is very well acquainted with the global market of bio-based polymers and building blocks as she is one of the main authors of the market study “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World – Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020”. The new short version and the figures are available for free here:

She is the project leader of the upcoming “9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” taking place on 5-6 April 2016 in Cologne (, Europe’s second largest conference on bio-based materials. She is also project leader of the brand new conference “Bio-based Start-up Day” taking place on 7 April 2016 in Cologne ( Additionally, she leads several customer research and consulting projects on technical, economic, ecological and market aspects of bio-based building blocks and polymers to find the best bio-based solutions for their needs.
She is also involved in European projects such as HEMICELL and BIO-QED, where she is responsible for market research.

Other running projects:

  • HEMICELL – a project within the WoodWisdom-Net Research Programm and ERA-NET Bioenergy. nova-Institute is conducting market research and techno-economic evaluation on wood based chemicals, in particular chemical modified hemicellulose, used as functional additives to enhance the material properties of cellulose esters. It is also responsible for dissemination.
  • BIO-QED – Quod Erat Demonstrandum: Large scale demonstration for the bio-based bulk chemical 1,4-butanediol and itaconic acid aiming at cost reduction and improved sustainability. An FP7 project in which nova-Institute is conducting a techno-economic evaluation (TEE) and is responsible for dissemination.

Selected publications:

  • Aeschelmann, F., Carus, M. et al. 2015: Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World – Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020. nova-Institute.
  • Aeschelmann, F. & Carus, M.. Industry Report: Biobased Building Blocks and Polymers in the World: Capacities, Production, and Applications – Status Quo and Trends Towards 2020. Industrial Biotechnology. June 2015, 11(3): 154-159.
  • Iffland, K., Aeschelmann, F., Raschka, A., Carus, M., Hummelsberger, M. 2015: Bio-based Polybutylene Succinate based on Bio-based Succinic Acid – An attractive polymer for the biopolymer toolbox, Hürth and Düsseldorf 2015-10.


Florence Aeschelmann
Phone: +49 (0)2233-48-1448


nova-Institut GmbH, 2016-03-03.


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