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Prof. Dr. Jochen Büchs
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.01.2018 to 31.12.2021
EU contribution:
6.999.886,25 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 761042.  


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)