The idea of a biobased economy is gaining ground, based among others on the principle of closing loops of material flows and turning waste into useful resources. Companies that develop high-value applications based on non-food biobased output streams from other industries can design truly sustainable products and avoid dependencies on raw material supply. The biopolymer lignin in addition offers attractive functionalities:
- Mechanical strength
- Flame retardant
Lignin is a biobased and biodegradable polymer from non-food sources, which is contained in output streams of biorefineries, pulp and paper industries and chemical plants. Lignin is an ideal and affordable solution to replace fossil sources and thus a natural alternative to non-sustainable ingredients with possible applications e.g. in cosmetics, food, composites, fabrics, porous materials, coatings, fibers or adhesives.
A spin-off from a Northern German University offers technological cooperation on developing customized high-value applications based on lignin. The company's work is based on experts know-how gained in years of university research and a proprietary technology to tailor lignin particles of specific particle size and porosity to create diverse valuable materials and intermediary products. Depending on applications demands, variations in solubility, temperature stability, pH, color, odor, particle properties and functional groups can be realized.
The company understands itself as a link between the industries with lignin-rich output streams and the processing industries in the materials and life sciences sector that can use lignin as a resource within their products. In addition the company started own production of lignin-based product lines in 2021.
The spin-off will accompany companies with lignin-based innovations, technical cooperation agreements may include:
- Providing biorefinery/pulp & lignin applicants
- Feasibility studies
- Lignin & application scouting
- Lignin tailoring
- Lignin product development, prototyping & scale-up
- Lignin and lignin product analysis
- Data assessment, cost calculation, life cycle assessment
Cooperation is offered to companies looking for sustainable biobased material alternatives that want to assess feasibility of lignin applications within their specific context and are looking for technical support to develop lignin downstream processing, particle optimization and lignin-based solutions.