Biorizon focuses on the technology development of functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings.

Biorizon is a Shared Research Center with a focus on technology development for the production of biobased bulkaromatics (BTX) and functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. Biorizon is anticipating the expected growing shortage of aromatics from the petrochemical industry and the widely shared ambition to green the chemical industry.

The industry's need for biobased aromatics

Aromatic building blocks represent a very significant share of our today’s building blocks, not only in order to create fuel components, base chemicals or polymers, but also to create polymer additives, colorants, flavors and fragrances. Currently virtually all aromatic building blocks are made from fossil oil that will become scarce. Hence, it is important to develop technology to replace the current aromatic petrochemical based building blocks by alternative feedstocks.

Shale gas and shale oil are rapidly emerging as a new feedstock, but will produce mainly light fractions such as ethylene/propylene, and no aromatics in gas-fueled crackers. Given the global challenges that society is facing with respect to CO2 emissions, pollution, global warming and shortage of suitable fossil oil reserves, new biobased production routes need to be realized urgently to address the ecological and economic challenges that humanity and industry are facing.

Industry driven Shared Research Center

Setting up a sustainable and economically successful commercial scale business, is a major challenge in this field. A significant research effort is needed, more than one single organization can handle. Therefore Biorizon is operated as a Shared Research Center, based on the open innovation methodology, bringing together collective intelligence of various industries, companies and knowledge organizations. The multi-disciplined technological need, as well as the long term roadmap make this effort suitable for shared research, sharing intelligence, investments, risks and workload.

We aim to include the global leaders in the fields of feedstock, conversion, equipment and end-products as participants in the Center, as well as SME companies.

Ambition: global top 3 within 5 years

Our ambition is to be a leading European Center for functionalized biobased aromatics within 3 years and to be in the global top 3 within 5 years. In order to achieve this, we will build up a group of minimum 50 FTE scientists and technologists and grow this team every year, both in size and quality. Resident technologists of the participating companies will work closely together with the core team of VITO and TNO. This will assure the best results for our partners. The results of Biorizon will allow the partners to commercialize biobased business successfully.

Please note that Biorizon is not related to biohorizon, an EU-funded network of National Contact Points (NCP’s) for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2. If you are looking for biohorizon, please go to

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Our work

BIO-HArT - Biorizon Innovation and Upscaling of Renewable Aromatics Technology

The cross-border project BIO-HArT, acronym in Dutch for “Biorizon Innovation and Upscaling of Renewable Aromatics Technology”, was set out in 2016 to scale up technology for the production of bio-aromatics... Read more

Biorizon as a new route to bioaromatics

The development and up-scaling of technologies to enable the commercial production of aromatic compounds from biowaste by 2025: this is what VITO and TNO are focusing on in the shared research centre... Read more

Sustainable Chemical Industry

TNO helps the chemical industry to innovate by enabling businesses to reduce costs and get new products to the market faster. Businesses looking for new products or production processes turn to TNO for... Read more

Partners of TNO

Dr. Hans van der Pol

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