ZCORE Call for Participation: Bio-Aromatic Sample Evaluation and Seaweed Bio-Refinery

Biorizon's ZCORE project partners are looking for companies that are willing to test bio-aromatic samples in resins or coatings and/or to jointly assess the feasibility to industrialize seaweed bio-refinery concepts and commercialize the product streams.

ZCORE: Seaweed Residues for Superior Bio-Coatings

In the ZCORE project, 6 partners have joined forces to demonstrate that seaweed residues can be utilized for the production of biobased resins for coatings (paints) with superior application properties. Please take a look at the project animation:

Fast-growing seaweed is used to produce high-value proteins. A by-product is non-edible sugars streams, a potential valuable raw material for the chemical industry. In this project, these sugars will be converted to biobased aromatics which will be tested in coatings applications. By the end of 2022, this will result in 100% biobased alkyd resin coatings that are more durable, cost-effective and sustainable when compared to their fossil-based counterparts. The ZCORE project will positively contribute to CO2 reduction goals and help to strengthen the chemical industry as well as the open innovation network in the south of the Netherlands.


ZCORE project partners represent entire value chain

The ZCORE project brings together the entire value chain for the valorization of seaweed in bio-aromatics and its application in coatings.

  • Biorizon co-initiator TNO is coordinator of the project and has a key position in technology development related to (seaweed) biorefining and bio-aromatic production.
  • The knowledge institutes Avans and Maastricht University have leading expertise in the development of resins and coatings, as well as sustainability assessment. 
  • Relement, Engineering Chemicals and Green Chemistry Campus form, in collaboration with 5 leading coatings producers, an important link to industry with their knowledge of seaweed value chains and applications of bio-aromatics in industrially relevant applications, such as coatings.

Call for Participation: Bio-Aromatic Sample Evaluation and Seaweed Bio-Refinery

We are currently in the process of scaling up bio-aromatic production technologies and producing samples, and have initiated development and evaluation of resin and coating formulations. In the coming year we expect to be able to provide samples of several biobased aromatic monomers, such as phthalic anhydrides, as well as derived materials, such as hexahydrophthalic anhydrides, oxabicycloheptane dicarbocylic anhydrides, as well as small scale samples of developed resins. We are currently looking for: 

  • Companies with an interest in biobased aromatics monomers (or similar materials), and/or that are active in the field of resin and/or coating production, that would like to evaluate such samples in their specific applications. 
  • Companies active in the production of seaweed and/or biorefining that are interested in collaborating to assess the feasibility of future industrialization of these bio-refinery concepts and commercialization of the product streams. 

More information or participate?

For more information about the ZCORE project or to discuss participation, please contact project leader Nadine Wennersbusch at or +31 (0)88 866 63 71.


The ZCORE project is made possible by the European Regional Development Fund and the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Zeeland and Limburg in the context of OPZuid. 

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