Biorizon focuses on the technology development for the production of functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. Its ambition is to become one of the world's top centers in this field within five years.
Global leaders as well as SME companies in the fields of feedstock, conversion, equipment and end-products are invited to join our industry driven, open innovation Shared Research Center.
Just a few years ago, bio aromatics seemed far away. Aromatic compounds could be so easily extracted from (fossil-based) naphtha, that bio aromatics seemed to be a dream for the future. Primarily because the most probable resource, lignin, is hard to handle. But in this field, as in many branches of green chemistry, knowledge advances so fast that research groups like the Dutch/Flemish Biorizon (TNO, VITO and Green Chemistry Campus) foresee the possibility of commercial production of bio aromatics from lignin in less than ten years’ time.
A working pilot system and applications for a series of patents: the partners in the Biorizon OP Zuid Project have managed to complete the next stage in the research into obtaining aromatics from biomass to their great satisfaction. What technological challenges did this involve?
The Biorizon OP Zuid Project is developing a working mini pilot system to produce furans from sugars. The aim of the Flemish partner VITO, companies on the Green Chemistry Campus and TNO is to make commercial production feasible for industrial partners by 2025. Developing a pilot system puts the researchers on the right track.
19-07-2015 - 22-07-2015 / Montreal, Canada