Technology: Integrated hybrid biochemical-thermochemical process combining the best features of both

BioCatPolymers aims at demonstrating an integrated feedstock-flexible, economic and efficient technological route to convert low-cost, abundant and residual lignocellulosic biomass to high added value monomers that are converted to biopolymers via well-established manufacturing processes.

The novel approach proposed in BioCatPolymers surpasses the impediments of traditional solely bio-based approaches by combining efficient hydrolysis of lignocellulosic material to sugars which can be fermented with high yields to MVL, with highly efficient and selective thermochemical catalytic processes to the targeted products.

In the project, we target to improve and optimize all steps in the proposed value chain with the aim

  • to identify bottlenecks and overcome commonly encountered problems in industrially relevant conditions, such as contaminants in the biomass feedstock, impurities and poisons for the downstream catalytic process;
  • to up-scale all process steps in 0.5 ton of biomass/day scale and run the fully integrated technological chain in demonstration scale with real feedstocks to produce the targeted bio-monomers and prototype bio-polymers
  • to obtain realistic values for capital and operational costs via conceptual process design, full techno-economic assessment and life cycle sustainability analysis for determining environmental gains compared to the established fossil-based processes
  • to prepare a concrete business and commercialization plan and approach all relevant stakeholders to pursue the commercialization of the process.


The BioCatPolymers project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU, under Grant Agreement No 760802.