Bio4Act junior research group

Bio4Act - Biogenic activated carbons and platform chemicals from residual biomass for the implementation of a sustainable circular bioeconomy

Image: K. Kaetzl; University of Kassel

The Bio4Act junior research group pursues the vision of using innovative processes to produce high-quality activated carbons, platform chemicals and energy sources from previously unused residual biomass. To this end, technology concepts are being developed and researched in four research areas in order to obtain valuable secondary raw materials from residual biomass and transform them into biogenic activated carbons for the removal of organic micropollutants from municipal wastewater, polymerizable platform chemicals and renewable energy sources. By determining the real sustainability potential of the process, ecologically optimal ways of using the residual biomass are identified.

The junior research group is therefore not only aiming to replace fossil raw materials with biogenic equivalents, but also to preserve valuable ecosystems by utilizing the residual biomass.

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF ) is funding the Bio4Act junior research group as part of the second round of the funding initiative "Kreativer Nachwuchs forscht für die Bioökonomie" (funding reference: 031B1389). The duration is 5 years (08/2023 - 07/2028).