Vacancy: interns to work on biopolymer design using lignin or lignin oils

Biorizon co-initiator VITO is currently looking for interns with an education in the field of chemistry, polymer chemistry and/or organic chemistry.

- Duration: next semester, Sept. ‘24 to Jan. ’25

- Location: VITO lab at Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.

- Topic: VITO project activities within the BIO-CAPPP or Better Biobased - Building Blocks (B4) projects.

Biopolymer design using lignin or lignin oils

The synthesis of (semi)aromatic polymers derived from renewable resources is currently attracting tremendous interest from both academia and industry, as aromatic compounds are key intermediates in the manufacture of polymers and chemicals. Lignin is the second most abundant natural polymer on earth (after cellulose), and represents the only large scale source of aromatic in nature. Unfortunately, lignin is still poorly valorized today, and is mainly used as a low cost fuel. At the Sustainable Polymer Technologies (SPOT) team at VITO we have set ourselves the goal to change this situation: we aim to (partially) replace petroleum-based chemicals and polymers by using lignin derived chemicals. Knowledge in formulation, polymerization conditions, material production and characterization, provide us with a deep understanding of how to design biobased materials suitable for a large number of applications such as, coatings, adhesives, insulators, foams.

The internship will rely on various analytical techniques such as FTIR, GPC, NMR, DSC, TGA, as well as mechanical characterization techniques such as rheology, DMA or tensile testing.


For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Sandra Corderí Gándara at or +31 (0)6 17 60 80 92.


The B4 project has a total budget of €4.4 million and it is co-financed by the European Union under the Just Transition Fund (JTF), the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and the Province of North Brabant. 

The BIO-CAPPP project has a total budget of €4.3 million and is co-funded by Interreg Flanders-Netherlands, the cross-border cooperation program with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, VLAIO, the provinces of Antwerp, East-Flanders and North Brabant and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

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