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Currently partners in Biorizon's BIO-HArT project are looking for companies with an interest in biobased aromatics that would like to receive samples to test them in their own applications and share the results with us.
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In time, we will be able to provide samples of sugars, lignin, furans, alkylphenols, mono-, di- and tri-acids, functionalised phenols and other aromatic compounds. We offer you a unique opportunity to share your specific wishes with us regarding the characteristics of the samples (functionality, reactivity, ..) in order to discuss how we could cooperate and both benefit from the results. In collaboration with the industry applications will be developed based on these test samples.

Biorizon Innovation and Upscaling of Renewable Aromatics Technology (BIO-HArT)

In the cross-border BIO-HArT-project 10 partners are working on the scaling up of technology for the production of aromatics from biomass. By the end of 2018 this must result in functioning bench scale demonstrators that can produce samples for the industry on a kilogram scale. Besides that, the processes for the production of bio-aromatics will be optimized further.

This project is the next step in the industry-driven roadmap of Shared Research Center Biorizon. The BIO-HArT-project has got 3 goals:

  1. Development of optimized procedures for chemistry and process.
  2. Realization of generic and multi-purpose bench scale demonstrators for the 3 technologies (wood, sugars and lignin to aromatics).
  3. Producing samples of sugars, lignin, furans, akylphenols, mono-, di- & tri-acids, functionalized phenols and other aromatic compounds. Subsequently, together with the industry applications will be developed on the basis of these samples.

In BIO-HArT, project coordinator and co-initiator of Biorizon, TNO, works together with VITO, Avantium, Chemelot InSciTe, University of Antwerp, KU Leuven, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Technical University Eindhoven, Maastricht University and DSM ChemTech Center. Furthermore a close cooperation will be established with feedstock suppliers, producers and processors of aromatics, end users, knowledge and education organizations and the private sector.


This project is established by a contribution of the European Interreg V Flanders-The Netherlands program that stimulates innovation, sustainable energy, a healthy environment and the labor market by means of cross-border projects. On a total budget of € 6.085.445,38 Interreg contributes € 3.042.722,69 (50 %) and besides that the provinces of North-Brabant, Antwerp, East-Flanders and Flemish-Brabant offered additional funding. Thereby they make an important contribution to the further development of the Flemish-Dutch border region as a top location for the transition to a more sustainable, biobased economy and an efficient use of natural resources.

More information

For more information visit Biorizon’s website. Please join Biorizon’s Community.

If you want to know more about (participating in) the BIO-HArT-project or Biorizon, please contact Nadine Wennersbusch.