Catalytic Cellulose, Hemicellulose and Lignin Conversion to Value-added Bio-based Chemicals

Call Reference: 
Horizon 2020 SPIRE
Short description of project idea : 
Proposed Research: advance technology development for bio-refining & biotechnological process exploitation of different (LC/marine) biomasses cellulose fraction conversion to sorbitol, adipic acid or levulinic acid hemicellulose-derived furfural upgrade towards bio-monomers micro-kinetic model development for lignin depolymerisation reactions gas solubility studies in complex biomass-derived compounds using high-pressure view cell
Kemijski institut / National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia
Bioeconomy
Main areas of expertise: 
Research is oriented towards the development of new technologies and products, which will help to ensure the long-term development of Slovenia and which are internationally relevant. Industry is an important partner to the Institute in these endeavors. There are a number of Slovenian companies with whom the Institute has entered into close long-term cooperation, as well as a number of well-regarded foreign companies. From a financial point of view, this kind of cooperation represents 20% of the income of the Institute. Contact with world science The Institute offers high-level research equipment, allowing researchers to engage in even the most cutting edge research challenges at the world level. Some acquisitions are: a Karl Zeiss Supra 35 VP Electronic Microscope with EDX analysis, a high resolution powder x-ray diffractometer, and an 800 MHz NMR spectrometer; these are the only ones of their kind in Slovenia. The NMR spectrometer is the first of this kind of instrument to be found in the new member states of EU and represents one of the largest investments in a free-standing piece of research equipment in Slovenia.
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Title: 
transformation of waste to biobased molecules
Description: 
Proposed Research advance technology development for bio-refining & biotechnological process exploitation of different (LC/marine) biomasses cellulose fraction conversion to sorbitol, adipic acid or levulinic acid hemicellulose-derived furfural upgrade towards bio-monomers micro-kinetic model development for lignin depolymerisation reactions gas solubility studies in complex biomass-derived compounds using high-pressure view cell
Challenges that may determine the impact of the project: 
Title: 
scaling up is a problem
Description: 
We are looking for industrial partner to help with scaling up.
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
Title: 
academia and industry and SME
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
all
First Name: 
Barbara
Last Name: 
Tišler
Name of the organisation: 
National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia / Kemijski institut
Short description of organisation: 
Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering is primarily invested in chemical (process) engineering, reactor and unit operation design and construction, as well as multi-scale process modelling. The Department topics foremost include carbon dioxide and natural gas conversion, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, biomass valorisation to bio-based compounds, and (bio)pharmaceutical processes.

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