Biorefining of sugars
via Process Intensification
Improve biorefinery operations through process
intensification and new end product.
Building on successful projects and relevant assets from partners and an interdisciplinary approach, BioSPRINT applies process intensification (PI) in the context of biorefining operations, to improve the efficiency of the purification and conversion of sugars from the hemicelluloses fraction of lignocellulosic biomass and to enable their transformation into new bio-based resins for substituting fossil based polymers in a range of applications.
Concept and Focus Areas
Intensify the purification of sugars by removal of impurities present and/or generated in the fractioning steps
Investigate reaction Process Intensification methodologies for dehydration and oxidation of sugars into furans and optimise their production
Develop methods to purify the converted sugar streams into high quality monomers
Convert furfural and 5-HMF into innovative resins and polyols and formulate new biorenewable resins