The partners of the cooperation network "Waste2Value" aim at utilizing residual and waste streams to obtain high-quality specialty and basic chemicals. These bio-based chemicals shall be further processed to new products and, thus, replace oil-based products in a sustainable way.

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Raw material

As raw materials, the cooperation network "Waste2Value" refers to residual and waste material from forestry and agriculture, food processing industries, or wood and paper industries. Examples for residual materials are bran or husks from the mill industry, stones from the food processing industry, and lignin, cellulose and form the terpenes generated in the paper industry.

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Um die Rest- und Abfallstoffe zu Wertstoffen umzusetzen, sind im Waste2Value-Netzwerk Partner mit verschiedenen Expertisen vertreten. Ein Ansatz ist, aus Reststoffen sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe zu extrahieren. Ein weiterer Ansatz ist, Reststoffe als Nährstoffe für Fermentationen zur Herstellung von Basischemikalien wie Butanol zu verwenden. Ebenso können aus cellulosehaltigen Resten verschiedene Zucker oder Plattformchemikalien wie Lävulinsäure oder Sorbitol gewonnen werden.

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The resulting chemicals shall be further processed to innovative products, or applied as additives in existing products to optimize the product properties. The networks fields of application are e.g. cosmetics, plastics, lubricants, colorants, and the food industry.

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Besides environmental friendliness, the networks products shall show improved technical features. The use of secondary plant compounds in cosmetics can, for example, yield improved antibacterial properties. Moreover, the application of so far un-used materials and substances can yield completely new product properties and open new fields of application.

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With the concept of using renewable residual and waste materials for the production of everyday items like cosmetics, lubricants or colorants, the cooperation network "Waste2Value" supports the objective of the German government to establish bioeconomy in Germany. Furthermore, the concept addresses important issues of a circular economy.

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Network management

Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas

Phone: +49 (89) 74 120-371
Fax: +49 (89) 74 120-378




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Dr. Wilfried Peters

Phone: +49 (89) 74 120-372
Fax: +49 (89) 74 120-378

Dr. Laura Kleinknecht

Tel.: +49 (89) 74 120-374
Fax: +49 (89) 74 120-378