ValBran: the valorisation of wheat bran into surfactant molecules

The project
ValBran will develop original and environmentally friendly biotechnological and green chemistry
pathways for the production of various surfactant molecules from wheat bran. Molecules with high
added value for various applications (cosmetics, detergents, phytosanitary agents…) will be targeted.
The approach will consist of developing several laboratory-scale transformation pathways and then
selecting the most promising(s) for pilot upscaling in order to obtain economic and environmental
impact of the developed process(es). Wheat bran residues generated during the process will be of
interest for animal feed.

The partners
This project involves the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
(FARE and ICMR units), the University of Picardie Jules Verne (GEC
unit), the French competitiveness cluster “Industries des Agro-
Ressources” (IAR) In Wallonia the University of Liège (AgroBioTech
Gembloux, laboratory LBMI), the Walloon association ValBiom and
the Greenwin cluster. In Flanders the project include the VITO
research and technology centre, the INAGRO association and the
Catalisti cluster.
Together, those partners will become important players in the field
of biorefinery and bioeconomy.

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