In order to move towards a bioeconomy with sustainable biobased production it is necessary to develop biobased technical products such as lubricants, adhesives, cleaning agents, and coatings. The challenge is how to replace fossil and synthetic raw materials with sustainable biogenic alternatives whilst maintaining high technofunctionality.
Our strategy here is to utilize residual and waste materials from the agricultural and food industries. The aim of our work is to enhance the value of natural resources and improve the sustainability of technical products.
We have in-depth expertise in the utilization of biogenic raw materials. In collaboration with you we develop new concepts for biobased and biodegradable chemical-technical products.
Either individual product components can be replaced by biobased alternatives or completely new product systems based on sustainable biogenic raw materials can be developed.
Our small pilot plant facilities are suitable for manufacturing product samples in volumes up to 300 liters. For subsequent industrial implementation we can provide assistance with technology scale-up.
Plant oils and also water with biopoymers can be used as the base fluid for biolubricants. The addition of additives is, however, indispensable for high functionality. Secondary plant substances (SPSs) having intrinsic functional properties can, for example, be used for this.
In the product development stage we consider the properties of the raw materials and interactions between the formulation components. Synergistic effects of components are used to optimize the lubricant characteristics.
We also employ enzymatic methods to improve the technofunctional properties. For plant oil based biolubricants in particular this enables the lubrication effect, viscosity, and solubility of the additives to be positively influenced. For water-based biolubricants the development of special bioplymers allows customization of technofunctional properties such as the thermal and physical stability and viscosity.
The raw materials we use to manufacture biolubricants are mostly recovered from waste industrial materials that up until now have not been exploited. We are thus contributing to holistic and sustainable usage of industrial raw materials.
We have developed efficient extraction methods for this on a laboratory scale right up to small pilot plant quantities.