Title: Creating novel plant-based products with lignin
In one sentence: Can you develop sustainable and novel applications using Dawn TechnologyTM lignin from Avantium?
Why is this a challenge?
Avantium Dawn TechnologyTM is an innovative process that converts non-food plant-based feedstock into industrial sugars and lignin. Lignin is the compound that is left once the sugars have been taken out of the original feedstock. Energy generation is currently the predominant application for lignin. To make the most efficient use of biomass and valorize each and every output stream, we are looking for applications for the lignin that would bring added value over burning it for energy.
The DAWN process, similar to the Bergius process, produces a lignin that is unique compared to other lignins with respect to its low solubility and high chemical resistance. This type of lignin, also known as Willstätter lignin, is relatively unknown. We are looking for applications that make the best use of these properties. Examples of possible research areas are bitumen-replacement, carbon materials, resins etc.
Where do you fit in?
- Lignin could replace an existing fossil-based raw material, bringing value by creating a 100% plant-based product, reducing the CO2
- Preferably, we are looking for partners with creative, novel and disruptive ideas for lignin applications that strengthen the circular economy.
- The lignin can be used directly out of the process or as a dry solid. The most ideal scenario would be an application using the lignin in its most unrefined form while still containing hydrochloric acid. In this way energy-consuming process steps for its removal and drying would be eliminated.
Which disciplines do we need?
- Any expertise is welcome
- Lignin expertise
- Plant-based materials
- Conceptual product design
- Application development
- Out of the box thinking
- Material technology