Tune2bio

Tuning the Biodegradability of (Bio)Polymers for more Sustainable Plastic Applications

The Tune2Bio project seeks to develop the knowledge and expertise needed to tune the biodegradability of (bio)polyesters through innovative physical and chemical modification of polymers. The developed structure-processing-biodegradation relations will enable us to dial in the desired biodegradation profile over a large timeframe. Acquired knowledge and expertise will be used in combination with research into the challenging new production techniques that these newly modified polyesters require, resulting in a proof of concept for various industry-relevant products (i.e. filaments, fibres, and films).

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Project type: ICON
Approved on: 19/03/2020
Duration: 01/03/2020 – 28/02/2023
Total project budget: EUR 2.532.943
Subsidy: EUR 1.745.339
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PoCoPAdd

Post-Consumer PVC Boosted with Additives

The PoCoPAdd project aims to gain a deeper understanding of the effect of recycling of post-consumer PVC by investigating the recyclate characteristics, processability and end product properties. With this knowledge, new high-performing additives will be designed to boost post-consumer PVC up to the level of virgin PVC and in turn increase the amount of post-consumer PVC recyclate in current and potential new high-performance products.

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Project type: ICON
Approved on: 19/03/2020
Duration: 1/06/2020 – 30/05/2023
Total project budget: EUR 3.105.401
Subsidy: EUR 2.099.639
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ACCTS

Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage in chemical cluster of Port of Antwerp

ACCTS is a collaborative study in which the technical and financial feasibility of CO2 capture at six different chemical sites in the Port of Antwerp is investigated, as well as different scenarios for the local transport of the captured CO2. The results of the study will contribute to the general goal of the Antwerp@C consortium to start the development of infrastructure for carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the chemical cluster of the Port of Antwerp.

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Project type: Feasibility Study
Duration: 1/12/2019 – 30/11/2020
Total project budget: EUR 499.004
Subsidy: EUR 249.503
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PlasmaSol

Atmospheric Plasma as green Solution for enhanced adhesion and functionalization

Ambition

In the PlasmaSol project 5 companies and 3 knowledge institutes will collaborate to develop more innovative and sustainable adhesion and functionalization technologies for various materials through atmospheric plasma.

In the past, durable adhesion on a broad range of substrates has been achieved using conventional wet chemical surface treatments. These wet chemical surface treatments come with several ecological and health – related issues. It is well-known that solvent-based technologies are hazardous and highly flammable. However, also water-based processes, although being a safer alternative for solvent-based processes, come with ecological disadvantages. As such, a vast amount of waste water is generated, whereas the need for an additional drying step leads to a high energy consumption. Within the aim of reducing energy and (hazardous) chemical usage, atmospheric plasma technology is proposed as an eco-friendly alternative for surface activation and modification, while offering properties that are not always within the reach of conventional processes. Meanwhile, conventional process steps (i.e. cleaning steps, primer application) can be eliminated leading to reduced process time and energy- and chemical usage. This project focusses on plasma functionalization as a promising technology to improve adhesion, anti-bacterial and flame-retarding properties.

Action

This project focusses on retrieving fundamental physical and chemical insights in plasma polymerisation and modification mechanisms as well as modelling of the plasma process. Considering its applicability in industrially relevant environments, the plasma reactor design will be optimized to obtain homogeneously deposited functionalized coatings. Furthermore, efforts will be taken to automize this new technology to make it industrially viable for a broad range of applications.

From Innovation to Business

With a broad range of industrial partners working together throughout the value chain and new fundamental insights and innovations in atmospheric plasma from the knowledge institutions, the PlasmaSol partners will maximize the potential to discover new industrial applications. This project is expected to finish in 2022. Project results will be announced on this page shortly afterwards.

Project type: ICON
Approved on: 24/10/2019
Duration: 01/11/2019 – 31/10/2022
Total project budget: EUR 3.371.978
Subsidy: EUR 2.325.748
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Prometheus

Assessment of Microbial Protein Sources for Food and Feed

The goal of Prometheus, an intercluster project in collaboration with Flanders’ FOOD, is to deliver the proof-of-concept that microbial protein-rich biomass and by-products from citric acid production are fit for use as high-quality proteins in feed and food.

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Project type: ICON
Approved on: 12/12/2019
Duration: 1/03/2020 – 30/03/2022
Total project budget: EUR 1.880.692
Subsidy: EUR 1.316.313
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Encaps2Control

Controlled Release, Uptake and Enhanced (Bio-)Availability of Active Ingredients in Ruminant Feed and Fertilizers by Encapsulation

The Encaps2Control project sets out to develop a new and sustainable encapsulation technology for the controlled release of active ingredients in animal feed and organic fertilizers. This technology is based on biopolymers from renewable resources.

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Project type: ICON
Approved on: 12/12/2019
Duration: 31/12/2019 – 30/12/2022
Total project budget: EUR 3.698.711
Subsidy: EUR 2.539.348
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EnzymASE 2

Enzymes for Added Sustainability and Efficiency

Building on the previous Catalisti project EnzymASE, EnzymASE 2 seeks to create environmentally friendly processes to produce chemical products with the help of enzymes. This should lead to new and improved products, as well as reduced CO2 emissions.

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Project type: ICON
Approved on: 12/12/2019
Duration: 30/06/2019 – 29/06/2022
Total project budget: EUR 1.769.357
Subsidy: EUR 1.285.041
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BIORESAL

BIO-based RESins from Aldehydes and Lignin

Context

The current industrial production of a wide range of chemicals and synthetic polymers relies on fossil resources. Consumers and brand owners drive the search for bio-based materials and products that are considered more sustainable. Companies search for performant materials containing bio-sourced carbon. Phenol, a fossil-derived chemical building block, is used downstream in various chemical formulations and applications, such as phenolic resins. Phenolic resins are successfully used in a variety of industrial applications, among others automotive, coating, varnish, adhesives, construction and insulation foams. For all these applications, there is a continued drive to find novel sustainable alternatives to these basic building blocks. In view of its chemical resemblance and availability, lignin and its derivatives could be a viable alternative to partially substitute phenol in phenol-formaldehyde resins.

Goal

The BIORESAL project aims to research to produce bio-based LPF resins by replacing phenol with (modified) oligomeric lignin fractions, as potentially less hazardous and sustainable building blocks for their application in insulation materials and moulding compounds. Most importantly, this replacement is needed in a technologically proven and economically viable way. Additionally, the BIORESAL project will include the evaluation of a series of aldehydes as co-reactant in the synthesis of bio-based LPF resins.

Project type: ICON
Approved on: 13/12/2018
Duration: 01/05/2019 – 30/04/2022
Total project budget: EUR 2.596.723
Subsidy: EUR 1.807.567
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Opleiden 4.0

Living Lab Industry 4.0: Opleiden 4.0

Background

Industry 4.0 technologies and digitalisation provide interesting opportunities for educating and training individual employees. Despite such technological developments being rapid and numerous, companies in the chemical, plastics and process industries rarely implement them in new learning and training methods.

Goal

In the Opleiden 4.0 project, Catalisti – together with imec, Karel de Grote Hogeschool and ACTA – seeks to develop, test and validate innovative learning and training methods based on industry 4.0 technology. In the living lab, collective sessions and workshops will demonstrate a number of promising technique. In addition, the living lab seeks to support companies in working out concrete cases. Finally, the project aims to stimulate the transition of chemical companies towards industry 4.0 by creating success stories and best practices that can be shared with other companies.

Innovation

Recently, Catalisti and its project partners presented its first research results and conceptual developments. Through in-depth interviews with VDAB and 16 employees from six different companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector, the project mapped the training needs of the sector. Following exhaustive research into modern learning and training methods, technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) proved to be most promising. Next spring, on the 5th of March 2020, ACTA will host an event to test several technological learning methods and see whether they indeed lead to the required learning outcomes. To be continued!

Business

A high-quality workforce is crucial to the Flemish chemical and plastics industry. This project seeks to ensure that employers have the right learning and training methods at their disposal to strengthen the competences and skills of their employees.

If your company is interested in this living lab, do not hesitate to visit the relevant VLAIO webpage or contact Jeroen van Walsem (jvanwalsem@catalisti.be) for more information.

Project type: Living lab Industry 4.0
Approved on: 03/12/2018
Duration: 01/04/2019 – 31/03/2022
Total project budget: EUR 429.960
Subsidy: EUR 343.968
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PolyFlam

Polyol-based Flame Retardants and Lubricants

Context

Flame retardants are a diverse group of chemicals which are added to a number of different materials (e.g. plastics, textiles, building materials) to enhance the materials’ resistance to fire. Within this diverse group, halogenated flame retardants are often regarded as being the most effective flame retardant, as only relatively small amounts are needed to obtain high flame protection. Nevertheless, this class of flame retardants can have detrimental effects on the aquatic environment if they leach out of different (plastic) materials, as they are very persistent, and they tend to bioaccumulate. A second possible negative effect could be their toxicity for humans. For these reasons, a number of them have been put on the candidate list (SVHC), like for instance Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE). There is clearly a need for more sustainable and environmentally friendly flame retardants.

Goal

This project aims to develop and produce branched polyols derived from a bio-based alcohol. These polyols can then be further transformed into (reactive) flame retardants via phosphorylation chemistry. The obtained flame retardants can subsequently be used in different applications, such as textile, polymers and fire-resistant industrial fluids. The bio-based polyols can also be converted into (fully) bio-based lubricants. A successful project will result in a new value chain starting from a common bio-based alcohol and ending up in high-end applications that can be embedded in the chemical industry in Flanders.

Project type: ICON
Approved on: 13/12/2018
Duration: 01/04/2019 – 31/03/2022
Total project budget: EUR 2.274.737
Subsidy: EUR 1.633.696
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