Acid Catalyzed Production of Green Butadiene from Butanediols

01 March 2021 → 31 December 2022
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Heterogeneous catalysis
    • Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
    • Chemical process design
butadiene chemical reaction kinetics fermentation catalyst design
Project description

GREEN-B2B will pave the way towards the sustainable production of a bulk chemical product such as butadiene (BD) from waste biomass, simultaneously avoiding CO2 emissions. By a smart integration of functionalities, CO2 inherently produced during fermentation will be consumed within the process itself. Thanks to innovations in genetic engineering, catalyst design and synthesis, and kinetic and process modeling by a diverse, yet complementary team of ambitious scientists, major leaps forward will be realized in the microbial production of butanediols (BDOs) from paper and cardboard hydrolysate (and CO2) followed by acid catalyzed conversion into BD.