Flanders Biobased Biosurfactants (3rd of April, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent)

Biosurfactants have the potential to be used in a wide variety of applications. Drivers to use biosurfactants are to increase the biobased content of the end-product, biodegradability, low ecotoxicity, to replace current substances which are to be banned from market, or their beneficial activity in the end application. They are not only known because of their tensio-active function, but also for its anti-microbial activity.

This event is organized in the frame of the SuperBIO project (, an H2020 innovation project coordinated by Flanders Biobased Valley. This event will give an overview of new biosurfactants and their usage, and companies are showcasing their latest developments. It is oriented towards companies active in surfactant production or interested in using biosurfactants. More information and registration here.


Launch call 2017 M-ERA.NET 2 action

The call 2017 of the M-ERA.NET 2 action is now open and the final date for the submission of a pre-proposal is June 13th 2017, 12:00 pm (noon). You can find the necessary information and documents on the site:

Submissions are expected about the following topics as described in the workprogram of the call:

  • Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME)
  • Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
  • High performance composites
  • Multifunctional materials
  • New strategies for advanced material-based technologies in health applications
  • Materials for additive manufacturing

More than 30 supporting agencies from more than 25 different countries are participating in this call with a global budget of 25 million euro. More information about the participating countries and regions with their respective modalities for support are available on the site:

VLAIO has a budget of 1 million euro for financing the Flemish part of M-ERA.NET projects and will use the supportive mechanism of the O&O company projects.

When participating in the call, the project leader of the international M-ERA.NET-project shall submit the pre-proposal to M-ERA.NET by June 13th 2017, 12:00pm (noon). The Flemish participant asking for support from VLAIO also has to submit a VLAIO-Annex to VLAIO by that same date of june 13th 2017, 12:00pm (noon). The template for this annex is available of the VLAIO-website:

The action NMPTeAm4 is offering a partner search tool for the M-ERA.NET Call 2017:

In case you or your colleagues are considering to submit an application, we suggest contacting VLAIO for more information and a more informative, personal conversation is also a possibility. For this, you can contact the following people: Paul Schreurs  ( tel. 02 432 4285, Johan Michiels (  tel. 02 432 4306), of Elsie Declercq ( , tel. 02 432 4278).

We strongly recommend that your potential foreign partners contact their respective national or regional support agency.

Catalisti members can also get guidance and support from Catalisti, please contact Tine Schaerlaekens ( for more information.


Vitrimers: the rise of recyclable plastics

Society often considers the use of plastics as non-sustainable since many synthetic materials can hardly be recycled today.

This is mostly the case for plastics used for structural applications such as robust rubber objects and hard, lightweight components for electric vehicles, wind turbines and airborne applications. The chemical composition of these materials is much stronger than for normal plastics, which results in non-processability towards other materials after use.

An international team of researchers, led by professors Filip Du Prez, Johan Winne (Ghent University) and Ludwik Leibler (Paris, EPSCI), elaborated a strategy to control the properties of a recently identified class of recyclable plastics, which is reported in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications.

In 2011, a new type of polymer materials was introduced: vitrimers are chemically very stable materials that can be used for structural applications. Besides, due to their unique chemical properties, they can easily be reprocessed, repaired and recycled as is the case for classic materials such as glass and metal.

Although research on vitrimers is still in an early stage, a lot of interest from industry was already expressed. With renewed fundamental insights on the chemical process of the reprocessing, the researchers succeeded in controlling the properties and reprocessing of vitrimers by addition of specific additives, both for rubbers and hard plastics.

As one type of starting material is now employable in very different and demanding applications, this research is a big leap forward towards the use of recyclable plastics.

Link to the article:


Filip Du Prez (+32 494 40 76 85)


ie-net: eFFECT lezingenreeks ‘Chemische Technologie en gezondheid’

ie-net is hét contactpunt tussen ingenieurs, bedrijven, overheids- en opleidingsinstellingen en wil door haar activiteiten o.a. de sleutelrol van ingenieurs in onze moderne economie en maatschappij versterken. Vanuit deze missie streeft de ie-net-expertgroep ‘Chemische en Biochemische Techniek’ naar een betere maatschappelijke inburgering van technologische kennis. Daarom organiseren we een nieuwe, tweejaarlijkse lezingencyclus: eFFECT. eFFECT staat voor ‘events in Flanders Focusing on Engineering and Chemical Technology’. Deze cyclus omvat lezingen rondom een technologisch en maatschappelijk relevant hoofdthema.

Voor de eerste cyclus in het voorjaar van 2017 werd gekozen voor ‘Chemische Technologie & gezondheid’ als hoofdthema. Sprekers, afkomstig uit zowel de industrie als de academische wereld, zullen een actuele stand van zaken geven over een breed scala van gerelateerde onderwerpen.

De lezingencyclus is opgebouwd uit drie verschillende sessies (met telkens drie lezingen per sessie) die elk plaats zullen hebben bij een andere Vlaamse universiteit: KU Leuven, UGent en UAntwerpen. Met deze cyclus willen we een breed publiek aanspreken: niet enkel ingenieurs, maar ook (master- en doctoraats)studenten en het brede publiek zijn van harte welkom!  Studenten kunnen gratis deelnemen, maar dienen wel in te schrijven.

Meer info en inschrijven: