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Prof. Dr. Jochen Büchs
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.01.2018 to 31.12.2021
EU contribution:
6.999.886,25 euros


BIOtechnological processes based on microbial platforms for the CONversion of CO2 from ironsteel industry into commodities for chemicals and plastics


The main objective of BIOCON-CO2 is to develop and validate in industrially relevant environment a flexible platform to biologically transform CO2 into added-value chemicals and plastics. The versatility and flexibility of the platform, based on 3 main stages (CO2 solubilization, bioprocess and downstream) will be proved by developing several technologies and strategies for each stage that will be combined as puzzle pieces. BIOCON-CO2 will develop 4 MCFs based on low-energy biotechnological processes using CO2 from iron&steel industry as a direct feedstock to produce 4 commodities with application in chemicals and plastics sectors using 3 different biological systems: anaerobic microorganisms (C3-C6 alcohols by Clostridia), aerobic microorganisms (3-hydroxypropionic acid by Acetobacter) and enzymes (formic acid by recombinant resting E. coli cells and lactic acid by multi-enzymatic system).


  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Association, Spain (Coordinator)
  • Arcelormittal Belgium NV, Belgium
  • Arkema France SA, Fance
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung, Germany
  • National Technical University of Athens NTUA, Greece
  • Pervatech BV, Netherlands
  • Stichting Wageningen Research, Netherlands
  • Arttic, France
  • AquaTT UETP Ltd, Ireland
  • Nutritions Sciences, Belgium
  • Nesher Israel Cement Enterpirses LTD, Israel
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Aes Gener SA, Chile (Participation ended)
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant VZW, Belgium
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany (Participation ended)