Project

Next generation lignocellulosics biorefinery concepts and implementation (Next-BIOREF)

Acronym
Next-BIOREF
Code
01IB4220
Duration
01 January 2021 → 31 December 2024
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Natural products chemistry
    • Biochemistry and metabolism not elsewhere classified
  • Engineering and technology
    • Heterogeneous catalysis
    • Reacting systems
    • Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
    • Modelling, simulation and optimisation
    • Transport phenomena not elsewhere classified
Keywords
Catalysis Biorefinery Genetic engineering Lignin Nanocellulose Microkinetics
 
Project description

Utilization of biomass as a renewable feedstock to chemicals/materials is expected to become a key driver towards a future sustainable society. Biorefineries, converting non-edible lignocellulose, are central. Unraveling lignocellulose in its components and conversion to chemicals/materials are challenging; the chemical/physical behavior of lignocellulose is badly understood, while the identity and formation of the lignin-based product is underexplored. Defining realistic goals for biorefineries to replace existing technologies is therefore difficult. This project strives to a better understanding of fractionation and upgradation. For that, lignin engineering is used to manipulate compo- sition/reactivity of native lignin to facilitate lignin product release. Cutting edge analytics enable deep determination of the lignin product’s composition, and easier methods will be proposed therefrom. The chemical/physical phenomena are investigated delivering a comprehensive/predictive model of the refinery’s outcome. New chemistry (from the lignin’s product) to building blocks for future polymers (additives)/composite materials, is developed