B4: Better Biobased Building Blocks


Project: Biobased Surfactants for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Society

Within the ChemistryNL TKI co-funded ‘Biobased Surfactants for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Society’ project, Biorizon co-initiator TNO and Henkel jointly develop novel biobased surfactants. This offers a renewable alternative with the potential of improved performance and biodegradability in detergents.

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Biorizon spin-off Relement raises 1 million Euro seed round to scale-up renewable coating ingredient

Biorizon spin-off Relement announces closing of its seed financing round by adding Brabant Startup Fonds (BSF), the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) and TNO as early investors. Smart Industries Fund, managed by Innovation Industries, already invested into Relement last year. In addition, Rabobank has recently provided an Innovation Loan to Relement. The total investment amount adds up to 1 million Euro.

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Flemish Prime Minister visits VITO’s LignoValue Pilot

Recently, Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon paid a working visit to Biorizon co-initiator VITO. During a guided tour, the guests were presented with a number of projects that have outgrown the test tube, among which the LignoValue Pilot, a pilot installation that can produce more than 100 kg of innovative bio-aromatics a day from lignin.

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Biorizon scientists publish in Angewandte Chemie IE

We are proud that, once again, Biorizon’s senior scientists Marc Crockatt and Jan Kees van der Waal contributed to work recently published in the leading journal Angewandte Chemie IE. The article by Biorizon co-initiator TNO and Dr. Razvan Cioc and Prof. Dr. Pieter Bruijnincx of Utrecht University is entitled “The Interplay between Kinetics and Thermodynamics in Furan Diels-Alder Chemistry for Sustainable Chemicals Production.” It assesses the state of play in this rapidly evolving field.

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Revolution in the paint industry: Relement replaces petroleum with plant residues

Recently, the Dutch newspaper BNDeStem published an interview with Monique Wekking, CCO at Biorizon's spin-off company Relement. "At Relement, we are now able to convert raw material furfural, made from bagasse biomass, into a chemical compound called aromatics, a full-fledged alternative to fossil aromatics used in paint. The great thing is, it makes the paint not only bio-based, but also better in quality," Monique Wekking explains. "It improves the scratch resistance, for example."

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ZCORE: Greening the chemical industry with seaweed-based bio-coatings

Recently, Phyconomy published an article about Biorizon's ZCORE project that aims to to demonstrate that seaweed residues can be utilized for the production of biobased coatings (paints) with superior application properties.

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