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BioCatPolymers SIGNED

Sustainable and efficient bio-chemical catalytic cascade conversion of residual biomass to high quality biopolymers

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "BioCatPolymers" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙351˙985 €
 EC max contribution 4˙362˙047 € (82%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.4. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Biotechnology)
 Code Call H2020-NMBP-BIO-2017
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2020-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    VISOLIS BV NL (GELEEN) participant 1˙025˙437.00
3    BIOPROCESS PILOT FACILITY BV NL (DELFT) participant 737˙610.00
4    SEKAB E-TECHNOLOGY AB SE (OERNSKOELDSVIK) participant 466˙812.00
5    PROCESS DESIGN CENTER BV NL (BREDA) participant 429˙187.00
6    QUANTIS CH (ECUBLENS VD) participant 262˙500.00
7    COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG DE (LEVERKUSEN) participant 124˙250.00


 Project objective

The overall objective of BioCatPolymers is to demonstrate a sustainable and efficient technological route to convert low quality residual biomass to high added-value biopolymers. The technology is based on an integrated hybrid bio-thermochemical process combining the best features of both. The biological step consists of the efficient conversion of biomass-derived sugars to mevalonolactone (MVL). MVL can be then converted to bio-monomers via highly selective chemocatalytic processes. BioCatPolymers is specifically aiming at the efficient and economic production of isoprene and 3-methyl 1,5-pentanediol (3MPD), two momoners with very large markets that can be further processed in the existing infrastructure for fossil-based polymers for the production of elastomers and polyurethanes, respectively. This ambitious target will be attained by optimizing and demonstrating the entire value chain on 0.5 ton of biomass/day scale, starting from the pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass to hydrolysis and biological fermentation to MVL, separation of MVL from fermentation broth, selective catalytic conversion to the targeted monomer and finally purification to polymer grade quality. The novel approach we propose in this project surpasses the impediments of traditional solely bio-based approaches. It aims at producing bio-isoprene at 50% cost reduction and 3MPD at 70% cost reduction compared to average market prices, by optimizing the platform cell factories and all downstream processes and integrating the process modules, thereby increasing the competitiveness of biological processes in terms of economics. The BioCatPolymers consortium consists of highly qualified and experienced researchers with complementary expertise. Trans-disciplinary considerations are strongly involved in the project. The strong industrial leadership-driven innovation potential is reflected through the fact that the large majority of the partners are from industry.


List of deliverables.
First annual newsletter Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-16 15:12:36
First technical workshop Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-16 15:12:31
Second annual newsletter Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-16 15:12:42
BioCatPolymers website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-06 18:33:29

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of BioCatPolymers deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 E. Heracleous, E. Pachatouridou, A.A. Lappas
Sustainable and Efficient Bio-Chemical Catalytic Cascade Conversion of Residual Biomass to High Quality Biopolymers
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7th ENMIX Workshop April 3-4, 2019 2020-03-06
2019 Pachatouridou E., Heracleous E., Lappas A.A.
Hybrid bio/thermochemical catalytic conversion of residual biomass to bio-plastics
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12th National Conference in Chemical Engineering May 29-31, 2019 2020-03-06
2018 E. Pachatouridou, E. Heracleous, A.A. Lappas
Sustainable and efficient bio-chemical catalytic cascade conversion of residual biomass to high quality biopolymers: Hydrogenolysis reaction of mevalonolactone (MVL) to 3-methyl-pentanediol (3MPD)
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15th Panhellenic Symposium on Catalysis 18-20 October, 2018 2020-03-06
2019 Pachatouridou E., Heracleous E., Papapetrou M., Lappas A.A.
Efficient Catalytic Conversion of Mevalonolactone to Isoprene over SiO2/Al2O3 Catalysts
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5th International Conference on Catalysis for Renewable Sources: Fuel, Energy, Chemicals September 2-6, 2019 2020-03-06
2019 Heracleous E., Pachatouridou E.
Sustainable and efficient bio-chemical catalytic cascade conversion of residual biomass to high quality biopolymers
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14th European Congress on Catalysis, EuropaCat 2019 18 – 23 August, 2019 2020-03-06
2019 E. Heracleous
Catalysis in downstream processing for the cascade production of high added value biochemicals and biofuels
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14th European Congress on Catalysis, EuropaCat 2019 18 – 23 August, 2019 2020-03-06
2018 Anne Kutz
Alternative Feedstocks in the Polymer Industry: Status and Perspective
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International conference on Bio-based Materials 15-16 May 2018 2020-03-06
2018 Eleni Heracleous
CASE STUDY: The project _2020 BioCatPolymers - Production of Bioplastics from residual biomass
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Workshop: “We protect the environment: Certifications to ensure sustainability” 9 October, 2018 2020-03-06
2019 Heracleous E., Pachatouridou E., Louie L., Bootwala, M., Dugar D., and Lappas A.
Hybrid bio/thermochemical catalytic conversion of residual biomass to bio-isoprene via mevalonolactone as platform molecule
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