Considering that the fossil fuel available on earth will be exhausted in the foreseeable future or at least oil prices will rise sharply, the development of new chemicals from renewable sources is nowadays being considered as a strategic research area. Early efforts were mainly concentrated on the fermentation of sugars obtained from sugarcane, and corn to manufacture bioethanol. However, in the last two decades, one is growing interest in other constituents of plant materials such as lignocellulosic residues. Lignocellulosic biomass is a sustainable resource that offers the production of numerous industrial and non-food consumer products such as fuels, chemicals and polymeric materials.
Xylochem's platform aims to bring together academic research laboratories, institutional and industrial partners around coherent and innovative projects in the field of chemistry and wood biorefinery.
The main objective of Xylochem's platform is to develop and operate the lignocellulosic biomass (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) as a source of raw materials for the chemical industry.