This cross-border collaboration within the framework of Interreg V Vlaanderen – The Netherlands is focused on the scaling up of technology for the production of aromatics from biomass. This will result in functioning bench scale demonstrators that can produce samples from wood, sugars and lignin for the industry on a kilogram scale. The furans, alkylphenols, mono-, di- & tri-acids, functionalized phenols and other aromatic compounds will be used to develop suitable applications together with industrial partners. The BIO-HArT bench scale demonstrators will be realized at five different locations in the border region that complement each other optimally: the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Gent, the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, the Chem&Tech Campus in Leuven and Blue Gate in Antwerp. The accelerated establishment of value chains within this project will give an impulse to businesses and employment in South-Netherlands and Flanders. The project officially started in March 2016 and will run for 3 years. The InSciTe Lignin RICHES project is part of BIO-HArT. Link to press release.

Project Partners

DSM,  Eindhoven University of TechnologyMaastricht University, Avantium, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, VITO


Project leader

TNO under the flag of Biorizon


Chemelot InSciTe