VITO explores the potential of lignin/wood, algae and insects for alternative production of drop-in chemicals, through a partial conversion with maximal preservation of existing functionalities as foreseen by nature. In combination with efficient fractionation, this could be an alternative for the classic multistep cracking and production processes in the petrochemical industry. VITO focuses on separation solutions for innovative conversion concepts and enables the introduction of these value chains in the chemical industry landscape. VITO also opens doors to new application areas by developing new high-value molecules.

Projects

IDEA - Implementation and development of economic viable algae-based value chains

Prometheus: assessment of microbial protein sources for food and feed

Lignocost: establishment of a Pan-European Network on the Sustainable Valorization of Lignin

SPICY: sugar-based chemicals and polymers through Innovative chemocatalysis and engineered yeast

Lignin Oxidation technology for versatile lignin dispersants

Publications

Valorization of byproducts from tropical fruits: A review, Part 2: Applications, economic, and environmental aspects of biorefinery via supercritical fluid extraction
Year: 
2021
Journal: 
COMPREHENSIVE REVIEWS IN FOOD SCIENCE AND FOOD SAFETY
Villacis-Chiriboga, J; Vera, E; Van Camp, J; Ruales, J; Elst, K
Competences of the professional of the future in the circular economy: Evidence from the case of Limburg, Belgium
Year: 
2021
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION
Janssens, L; Kuppens, T; Van Schoubroeck, S
Characteristics of chitin extracted from black soldier fly in different life stages
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES
Soetemans, L; Uyttebroek, M; Bastiaens, L
Searching for Appropriate Storage Conditions for Short-Term Wet Preservation of Porphyridium purpureum
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL
Verspreet, J; Soetemans, L; Bastiaens, L

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