Call for Participation ‘Sugars to Bio-Aromatics’

Over the last months Shared Research Center Biorizon has been busy developing new routes to biobased aromatics and applying for innovation funds to secure its groundbreaking research. Currently Biorizon offers several opportunities for global leaders in the fields of feedstock, conversion, equipment and end products to participate in research concerning 'Sugars to Bio-aromatics'.

Currently (summer of 2015) Biorizon calls for participants in the following projects:

  1. Project: 'Furanic intermediates & aromatic derivatives', in the Strategic Innovation Program 'Biorefinery for raw material availability and flexibility' of TNO-Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research. 
  2. BIO-HArT project: 'Biorizon Innovation and Upscaling of Renewable Aromatics Technology'. (In Dutch: 'Biorizon Innovatie en Opschaling van Hernieuwbare Aromaten Technologie'.)

Outlook Horizon 3 'Sugars to Aromatics'

The figure above illustrates the technology of Biorizon's Horizon 3, which transforms carbohydrates from biomass into aromatic compounds through furanic intermediates. In the current projects (& -proposals), Biorizon aims to improve already well-performing chemistry for each of these processing blocks, to translate the obtained knowledge into scalable (continuous) process technology and to invest in bench-scale facilities (1-10 liter per hour throughput) in which the first steps of scale-up of these processes can be studied.​

In the near future Biorizon is expected to call for participants in projects concerning the:

  1. development of new routes (increased atom-efficiency, improved yield, new aromatics) toward aromatic compounds;
  2. development of chemistry toward dienophiles (acetylene/acrylate derivatives);
  3. development of protocol that integrates diene production with Diels-Alder chemistry whilst minimizing the required DSP; and
  4. development of derivatization chemistry on aromatics.

As such, Biorizon and partners obtain knowledge about efficient chemistry toward renewable aromatics and gain insight in scale-up principles of effective process technology. The combination of this knowledge with the experimental facilities at bench-scale ensures a smooth development trajectory toward implementation of bio-aromatics.

Contact our business developers & join Biorizon's Community

  • Do you want to receive in-depth information on the opportuities to participate in one or more of these projects concerning 'Sugars to Bio-aromatics'? Please contact Joop Groen
  • In case you're interested in the opportunities to partcipate in our projects concerning 'Lignin to Bio-aromatics' please contact Karolien Vanbroekhoven

Please also note Biorizon's Community on functionalized biobased aromatics for partners and companies that want to consider joining our Shared Research Center. The image below shows a selection of the companies and institutions that already have become a member

Biorizon is powered by


This project is made possible by a contribution from the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of OP-Zuid.

Op Zuid