01-05-2017 - 30-04-2021 /
Mol, Belgium

LigniOx: Lignin oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants

LigniOx: Lignin oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants

Biorizon co-initiator is partner in a new project, called LigniOx: Lignin oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants. The aim of the LigniOx Innovation Action is to demonstrate the techno-economic viability of alkali-O2 oxidation technology (LigniOx) for the conversion of variable lignin-rich side-streams into versatile dispersants, and especially high-performance concrete and mortar plasticizers.

Both the oxidation technology and the end-product performance will be demonstrated at operation conditions, enabling industrial process installations and entry of novel lignin products into the markets after the project.

The valorisation of lignin side-streams will significantly improve the cost-competitiveness and resource efficiency of lignocellulosic biorefineries, and will create low-cost, sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. The versatile LigniOx technology can be integrated into lignocellulosic biorefineries, or be operated as a stand-alone unit by chemical industry, as demonstrated in the project.


  1. VTT, RTO, Finland
  2. Biorizon co-initiator VITO, RTO, Belgium
  3. Metsä Fibre, Industry, Finland
  4. Andritz Oy, Industry, Finland
  5. St1 Biofuels Oy, Industry, Finland
  6. CIMV, SME, France
  7. Biochemtex, Industry, Italy
  8. Dow Deutschland, Industry, Germany
  9. Vertech Group, SME, France
  10. Exergy Ltd, SME, UK


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745246.


For more information on the LigniOx project please contact Karolien van Broekhoven via or +32 (0) 493 51 42 70.

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This project is made possible by a contribution from the European
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