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

Integrated techno-economic assessment of a biorefinery process: The high-end valorization of the lignocellulosic fraction in wood streams
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION
Tschulkow, M; Compernolle, T; Van den Bosch, S; Van Aelst, J; Storms, I; Van Dael, M; Van den Bossche, G; Sels, B; Van Passel, S
Protein hydrolysates from Aiphitobius diaperinus and Hermetia illucens larvae treated with commercial proteases
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF INSECTS AS FOOD AND FEED
Leni, G; Soetemans, L; Jacobs, J; Depraetere, S; Gianotten, N; Bastiaens, L; Caligiani, A; Sforza, S
Circular economy aspects of lignin: Towards a lignocellulose biorefinery
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS
Garlapati, VK; Chandel, AK; Kumar, SPJ; Sharma, S; Sevda, S; Ingle, AP; Pant, D
Reactive extraction for in-situ carboxylate recovery from mixed culture fermentation
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL
Kaur, G; Garcia-Gonzalez, L; Elst, K; Truzzi, F; Bertin, L; Kaushik, A; Balakrishnan, M; De Wever, H
Degree of Hydrolysis Affects the Techno-Functional Properties of Lesser Mealworm Protein Hydrolysates
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
FOODS
Leni, G; Soetemans, L; Caligiani, A; Sforza, S; Bastiaens, L

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