Partnering opportunity

A Dutch chemical company is looking for technological approaches creating novel bio-based products with lignin.


A Dutch company is a leading technology development company and forerunner in renewable chemistry. The company developed a process that converts non-food plant-based feedstock into industrial sugars and lignin. The company is looking for novel technologies, applications and ideas for the lignin that would bring added value and strengthens the circular economy. Cooperation would be in the frame of a research or a technical cooperation agreement.This request is part of an open innovation challenge

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

The 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. The company is especially looking for technologies and applications that make the best use of these properties. Examples of possible research areas and collaboration are: 1. bitumen-replacement, 2. carbon materials, 3. resins 4. etc.

Partner sought

Type of partners: SME’s, academic institutions and other innovators with a focus on the research & development of new applications and technologies for lignin. Where do partners fit in? • Lignin could replace an existing fossil-based raw material, bringing value by creating a 100% plant-based product, reducing the CO2 footprint. • Preferably, the company is 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 are needed? • Any expertise is welcome • Lignin expertise • Plant-based materials • Conceptual product design • Application development • Out of the box thinking • Material technology Type of partner collaboration: The Dutch company wants to work together as equal partners, IP conditions to be determined, this could be in the form of Technical cooperation agreement or Research agreement or any other kind of agreement that suits the purpose.


A Dutch global operating company is a leading technology development company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. The company develops technologies that enable the production of sustainable products from plant-based raw materials. The company aims to work in partnership with like-minded companies and academic institutions around the globe to create revolutionary renewable chemistry solutions from invention to commercial scale. The company has developed a novel biorefinery technology, which aims to make the most efficient use of biomass by valorizing all output streams. All biomass constituents are separated into a range of products and the goal is to get the greatest possible value out of these products, which is called cascading. The technology harbours a 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 valorise each and every output stream, the company is looking for applications for the lignin that would bring added value over burning it for energy. The company is trying to achieve this through cooperation with partners specialized in chemistry. Cooperation with partners would be in the frame of a research or a technical cooperation agreement. IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 15th of April until the 24th of May 2019. If an organisation does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SME's with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Advantages and innovations

Not available

Development stage

Concept stage

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)


Register your interest

How it works

  • Tell us about yourself
  • We’ll discuss with you
  • We put the right partners in touch

EEN help you find the right partner, rather than you going it alone.

Our role is to review and collate the most suitable submissions, and then send them to the client who posted the opportunity. We consult with you, and the client, to make the process professional and easy.

These are live opportunities. Your registration of interest on the site is just like a professional approach to a business at a networking event. To stand the best chance of success, make your submission really sing. Sell why the client who posted the opportunity should work with you. Excite them. Ask questions. Try and avoid copy and pasting words from elsewhere.

Once the client has chosen their partner, we'll introduce them over email and keep in touch with both parties to see how it's going. Sometimes things progress quickly. Sometimes because of changing priorities for either party, things progress slowly, but you never know - your next big business break could start right here.

?What value does EEN add?
This is your pitch: remember to include your unique selling points (USP) and why someone would want to do business with you
Tell us why you are a good fit for this opportunity, and why you think you're the right people for this partnership
If there's anything additional, or commercially sensitive you'd like to know about this opportunity, please let us know

When you entered your email address above, we emailed you a code to verify you're human and have access to that account.

?What's this?

What next?

To finish up, we just need some extra details about you and your company