Green Eco-efficient Renewable Materials" (GERM)

Research of the group was historically focused on the chemical transformations of oils and fats into biofuels (low added value products). Recently, however, research of GERM is getting re-oriented towards production of high added value pure chemicals based on organic synthesis, such as the synthesis of polyfunctional “building blocks” starting from (poly)unsaturated fatty acids (collaboration with ORSY). Based on this recent development, GERM is joining the SusChemA consortium to address the challenge of increasing resource efficiency through side- and waste stream valorization (oils and fats). Early 2014 new investments were made in high pressure reactors enabling the valorization of pyrolysis oil, currently offered to the market and obtained from biomass. In this way biomass can be incorporated in the valorization strategy of GERM.