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VITO - Unit Separation and Conversion Technology

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Research Center

Boeretang 200
2400 Mol


VITO partners with industry to increase process efficiency and sustainability, and to evaluate the potential of alternative non-fossil resources in new value chains.

VITO’s industrial innovation targets the design of novel process concepts as well as improvement of existing ones. Core technology domains are:

  • Separation: membrane technology, extraction, electroseparation
  • Conversion: (electro)chemistry, (bio)catalysis
  • Integrated separation and conversion for process intensification.

VITO operates as an independent and neutral partner, at the interface between industry, academia and authorities and provides:

  • A multi-disciplinary international team of high level experts
  • A wide range of infrastructure & equipment
  • Fast & agile solutions
  • Access to a broad network (expertise & funding).

European networks:

National networks (regional for Flanders):

  • Catalisti (
  • FlandersBio (

Networks in other regions:

  • CLIB2021 (Germany)
  • IBB (Germany)
  • DECHEMA (Germany)
  • Dutch Membrane Society (Netherlands)

VITO - Unit Separation and Conversion Technology

VITO - Unit Separation and Conversion Technology

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Equipment for:

  • Analytical characterization of biomass and processes
  • Biomass pretreatment and fractionation
  • Biocatalysis
  • (Gas) Fermentation
  • Green chemistry
  • (Bio)Process intensification
  • Downstream processing
  • Resource recovery

Technologies available at lab- and/or pilot scale include:

  • Low and high pressure membrane filtration
  • Organophilic and hydrophilic pervaporation
  • Membrane distillation
  • (Membrane-based) Capacitive deionization
  • (Membrane-based) (reactive) Extraction
  • Supercritical extraction
  • Fermentation

VITO offers

  • Research from lab to pilot scale: conceptual design, process development and optimization, (integrated) process design, prototyping and testing, support up to full scale implementation
  • Techno-economic assessment of concepts and technologies
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure including facilities to work in a wide range of chemical conditions, and/or according to GMP regulations, as well as facilities to test your (GMO) organism
  • Objective advice, no strings with specific technology provider.

We have a multi-disciplinary team and advanced chemical analysis capabilities.

We guarantee strict non-disclosure.

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