Biobased materials and bio-oils

This area focuses on research in conversion of biomasses at molecular level via hydrothermal and catalytic processes. The purpose is to develop new materials, molecular “building blocks” for the chemical industry and fuels based on bio-based parent compounds.

Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) is one of the most promising technologies for conversion of a number of biomasses and waste streams (ranging from grass and algae to manure and sewage sludge) to liquid fuels and high-value products.

Research within this area focuses on the optimization and molecular understanding connected with the conversion of a wide range of biomasses with a view to identifying and evaluating the most suitable ones. An important research area is catalyst upgrading of raw bio oil to a high-quality fuel. 

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