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

Data supporting the assessment of biomass based electricity and reduced GHG emissions in Cuba
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
DATA IN BRIEF
Gutierrez, AS; Eras, JJC; Vandecasteele, C; Hens, L
Pectin oligosaccharides from sugar beet pulp: molecular characterization and potential prebiotic activity
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
FOOD & FUNCTION
Prandi, B; Baldassarre, S; Babbar, N; Bancalari, E; Vandezande, P; Hermans, D; Bruggeman, G; Gatti, M; Elst, K; Sforza, S
Novel Intensified Back Extraction Process for Itaconic Acid: Toward in Situ Product Recovery for Itaconic Acid Fermentation
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING
Kaur, G; Maesen, M; Garcia-Gonzalez, L; De Weyer, H; Elst, K
Bio-analytical applications of microbial fuel cell-based biosensors for onsite water quality monitoring
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
ElMekawy, A; Hegab, HM; Pant, D; Saint, CP

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