Event Report: Biorizon Forging Ahead with Bio-Aromatics Upscaling

With over 150 visitors, the annual event of Shared Research Center Biorizon at the end of November was well-visited. The bio-aromatics event highlighted the upscaling efforts currently underway in the three research directions or ‘horizons’: the production of bio-aromatics from sugars, lignin and biomass residual flows (via pyrolysis and gasification).

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Call for Participation: LignoValue Pilot

Biorizon co-initiator VITO, VMH and Worley Belgium have joined forces for the design and construction of a continuous pilot plant for the depolymerization of lignin into innovative biobased aromatics in Flanders. Currently they are looking for companies/venture capitalists that want to participate and/or invest.

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Last Call > 6th Biorizon Annual Event on Bio-Aromatics

On November 27 and 28, Biorizon will host its 6th Annual Event in Antwerp. At this point, more than 140 participants have already registered, among whom representatives of P&G, Covestro, Clariant, SABIC, Huntsman, Solvay, Bloom Biorenewables, COSUN and AVA Biochem AG. Will you join too?

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New Project: ‘Doing More With Lignin’

A Dutch consortium led by Vertoro has been granted €1.2 million to investigate the potential of crude lignin oil as a platform for sustainable chemicals and materials. Biorizon co-initiator VITO is one of the consortium partners.

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New Project: Bio-Aromatics4Coatings

Biorizon co-initiator TNO develops technology to convert furans into functional bio-aromatics. Recently the Bio-Aromatics4Coatings project started with a focus on coating application. Project coordinator TNO is collaborating with several key companies in the coatings supply chain to evaluate bio-MPA.

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Call for Participation: Biobased Phthalic Anhydride

Currently Biorizon co-initiator TNO is looking for partners that are interested in the development of biobased phthalic anhydride (PA): a key feedstock for plasticizers, as well as unsaturated polyester and alkyd resins. In specific response to the wish of industry to develop biobased coatings, this project will be aimed at improving and expanding the scientific knowledge base to enable the scale up of biobased PA production and contribute to the development of a sustainable chemical industry.

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