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

Algae4IBD - Health from aquatic resources

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

Recent advances in epoxy resins and composites derived from and related bio-oils
Year: 
2022
Journal: 
CURRENT OPINION IN GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY
Pappa, C; Feghali, E; Vanbroekhoven, K; Triantafyllidis, KS
Effect of pH on Rhodomonas salina growth, biochemical composition, and taste, produced in semi-large scale under sunlight conditions
Year: 
2022
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY
Latsos, C; Wassenaar, E; Moerdijk, T; Coleman, B; Robbens, J; van Roy, S; Bastiaens, L; van Houcke, J; Timmermans, KR
Exploring the reactivity of aliphatic and phenolic hydroxyl groups in lignin hydrogenolysis oil towards urethane bond formation
Year: 
2022
Journal: 
INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS
Rubens, M; Van Wesemael, M; Feghali, E; Lufungula, LL; Blockhuys, F; Vanbroekhoven, K; Eevers, W; Vendamme, R
Low-field benchtop versus high-field NMR for routine 31P analysis of lignin, a comparative study
Year: 
2022
Journal: 
INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS
Gracia-Vitoria, J; Rubens, M; Feghali, E; Adriaensens, P; Vanbroekhoven, K; Vendamme, R
Preparation of Mechanically Robust Bio-Based Polyurethane Foams Using Depolymerized Native Lignin
Year: 
2021
Journal: 
ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS
Quinsaat, JEQ; Feghali, E; van de Pas, DJ; Vendamme, R; Torr, KM

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