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.
Bioplastics News has published an article on how Biorizon develops bio-aromatics derived form lignin. "Aromatic compounds are so easily extracted from (fossil-based) naphtha, that bio aromatics seemed to be science fiction. The reason: lignin, the most probable resource, was hard to handle. Green chemistry knowledge advances so fast that research groups like Dutch / Flemish Biorizon (TNO, VITO and Green Chemistry Campus) provide the possibility to commercially produce Bio aromatics from lignin in less than ten years. The countdown towards bio-revolution has started."
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?
19-07-2015 - 22-07-2015 / Montreal, Canada
27-10-2015 - 29-10-2015 / Brussels, Belgium