Biobased materials and bio-oils

A central element in the circular bioeconomy of the future will be the establishment of modern biorefineries. This is where different types of biomass are split into their components and – among other things – become protein and residue biomass in the form of fibres from the crops used. 

Within the area ”Biobased materials and bio-oils” CBIO carries out research in using hydrothermal and catalytic processes to transform biomass, and to obtain molecular knowledge of the processes. The aim of the research is thus to develop new high-value products, molecular components for the chemical industry (including biological polymers for the plastics industry), and liquid fuels.

Understanding the processes at molecular level

In order to design and optimize the biorefineries of the future, a profound knowledge of transformation processes as well as streams of individual biomass components is necessary. This will require a wide range of analytical methods ranging from standard methods for measuring biomass components to molecular analyses using advanced chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Participating science teams and individual scientists

Specific facilities connected with biobased materials and bio oils

Platform for hydrothermal liquefaction at lab scale and upgrading

Aarhus University has a lab-scale flow reactor and several batch reactors suitable for examining HTL from various biomass sources and parameter studies with a view to process optimization. These are supported by analysis facilities such as CHNOS, simulated distillation and ICP-OES (inorganic compounds). Further, facilities and knowledge within inorganic catalysts for upgrading of fuel quality are available. 

Platform for advanced chemical analyses

This platform comprises facilities for advanced organic analyses of the chemical composition of liquefaction products from biomasses, including gas chromatography linked to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography linked to mass spectrometry (UHPLC-qTOF-MS) as well as competences and equipment for advanced test preparation. This makes it possible to perform analyses of very complex Platform for catalytic conversion

Platform for catalytic conversion

This platform comprises modern synthesis laboratories, supporting facilities and excellent competences within organic synthesis, including advanced catalytic methods and techniques. Research is carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners.

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Marianne Glasius

Associate professor