Nikki Boyle, Senior R&D Specialist at Westlake Epoxy, showcased the progress in the LIGNICOAT project during the 10th Biorizon Annual Event on Bio-aromatics, organized by project partner VITO on November 30.
Westlake Epoxy receives different types of depolymerized lignin from VITO. They notice how the variation in the starting material affects their process down the line for getting the epoxy resins. In LIGNICOAT, where the aim is to produce bio-coatings from epoxy resins based on 60-90% lignin, Westlake is also in charge of doing testing or making the formulation, which will be later passed on to our other partner, AEP Polymers.
During the presentation, Boyle showed the coloured coating they get starting from the depolymerized lignin of VITO.
Now, the goal for 2024 is to scale up the production to kg quantities, which will allow the LIGNICOAT project to make a crucial step towards sustainable and bio-based coatings technology.
To watch Westlake Epoxy talk on LIGNICOAT, click here.