Biorizon: the profitable way to bio-aromatics

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Bergen op Zoom
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Holland Circular Hotspot
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Due to climate change and the depletion of the world’s natural resources, we need sustainable alternatives to petrochemical aromatics.

Aromatics are important building blocks for the chemical industry: no less than 40% of chemicals are aromatic, and they bring essential functionalities such as durability and thermal and UV stability to products like plastics, resins and coatings. Bio-aromatics provide new functionalities and an impactful and green alternative to current petrochemical products that are difficult to reuse or recycle, including paints, adhesives and lubricants.

Together with industrial partners, Biorizon develops technologies to use residual biomass and recycling streams to produce bulk and specialty aromatics. It collaborates with global feedstock providers, technology developers, process operators and brand owners to make commercial production of bio-aromatics feasible by 2025. Thanks to high-quality facilities, specialised knowledge, years of experience and the successful involvement of the entire bio-aromatics value chain, they produce bio-aromatics continuously.

They are currently validating their continuous processes and working towards the next stage: demonstration. This makes Shared Research Center Biorizon the most advanced and valued research programme in bio-aromatics worldwide.

If you share similar ambitions and want to collaborate with the Shared Research Center, please join their community, visit the Biorizon headquarters at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom (NL) or reach out to their business development managers.

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  • Thermochemical conversion of biomass to bio-aromatics: initial industrial application testing shows promising results.
  • Sugars to bio-aromatics: high-quality facilities and focus on scale-up enable the continuous production of novel specialty aromatics. Samples are available at multi-kilogram scale.
  • Application testing by companies shows promising properties for adhesives, polymers, coatings and lubricants.
  • Lignin to bio-aromatics: the current focus is on the engineering and construction of pilot plant ‘LignoValue’ for metal-catalyzed depolymerisation with a targeted output of 10 kg/h and the development of a lignin application centre for biopolymers and additives.