New Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions fellow
Quan-Zhi Zhang has just started his two-year fellowship at PLASMANT team, and SusChemA currently has three Chinese Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions fellows.
BioHart project kick off meeting - ORSY is a partner
In Dutch, the acronym BIO-HArT stands for 'Biorizon Innovation and Upscaling of Renewable Aromatics Technology'. Biorizon is a Shared Research Center with an initial focus on technology development for the production of functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. Over the past years Biorizon has developed three commercially promising technologies for the conversion of wood, sugars and lignin into aromatics. By demonstrating the technology within this project on a larger scale, the confidence in the applicability of the technology on an industrial scale enhances and the risk to invest diminishes. Simultaneously bio-aromatics will be produced in sufficient quantities to be able to start application development routes.
Flanders BioAromatics Day
Friday April 29, the Flanders BioAromatics Day took place at VITO Berchem. Representatives of over 20 companies met Flemish research Institutions to see the progress of several research projects around technologies for bioaromatic chemicals from wood, lignin, and sugars.
COST Network CHAOS launched
The first meeting of the Management Committee of the COST Network CHAOS - C-H Bond Activation in Organic Synthesis took place in Brussels om March 21. Prof. Bert Maes is a member of the network and a Belgian representative in the Management Committee, Dr. Sergey Sergeyev is a Belgian susbtitute representative.
Partial PGM project - LADCA is a partner
LADCA team is a partner in a recently approved Horizon 2020 project which aims to develop automotive catalysts where platinum group metals are (partially) substituted through cheaper alternatives. The project will kick-off in Spring 2016.
ARBOREF project kick-off
ARBOREF project kick-off meeting took place April 17. Togetehr with research teams of KU Leuven, Ghent University, and VITO, researchers of ORSY will be working on the methods to transform lignin from wood into fine chemicals. The project is funded by FISCH - Flanders Innovation Hub for Sustainable Chemistry.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions fellowships for SusChemA members
The results of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellowships are announced. Of the four MSCA fellows coming to Antwerp, two will start in SusChemA research groups: Dr. Yang-Ping Zhu at ORSY and Dr. Wang Weizong at PLASMANT.
ARBOREF project approved
ORSY is a partner in the IWT-FISCH collaborative project ARBOREF: Biorefinery of entire plant biomass to aromatics. This multidisciplinary project will be executed at four Flemish knowledge institutions which will develop a new integrated ‘lignin-first’ biorefinery.
Sustainable Chemistry Network Antwerp is one of the seven IOF valorization consortia of the University of Antwerp, which all take off as of January 1st, 2015.
FunMem4Affinity project extended
Duration of the FunMem4Affinity project is extended till May 2015. Together with other partners, LADCA and ORSY develop new membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN), a sustainable, energy saving separation technology for variety of applications in chemical, pharma and food industry.