Research projects


Avecom is involved in several European and Flemish R&D projects where we aim to valorise our microbial, chemical and environmental knowledge.

Avecom works in close collaboration with academic partners and industrial companies for the research and development of new products and processes.

Hereby Avecom takes care of laboratory testing, pilot scale optimisation and further upscaling.


Combining carboxylic acid production and fibre recovery as an innovative, cost-effective and sustainable pre-treatment process for heterogeneous bio-waste.



BioICEP (Bio Innovation of a Circular Economy for Plastic) aims to reduce the burden of plastic waste by transforming plastic waste into new polymers.

The result of the project will be a solution for mixed plastic pollution.  Specifically, researchers will work on degradation of plastics. The outputs will be used as building blocks for new polymers or other bioproducts.


Innovative water treatment for the green city.



SMARTINCS (Self-Healing - Multifunctional - Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems) will implement new life-cycle thinking and durability-based approaches to the concept and design of concrete structures, with self-healing concrete, repair mortars and grouts as key enabling technologies.


The Electra consortium aims to jointly develop and test highly innovative bio-electrochemical systems-based remediation biotechnologies at laboratory scale in environmentally relevant conditions and bring the four most efficient technologies to the field in both China and Europe.



INGREEN is an EU-funded project that will produce functional innovative ingredients from paper and agro-food by-products through sustainable and efficient tailor-made biotechnological processes for food, feed, pharma and cosmetics.

H2P - Hydrogen to Protein

The aim of this project is to gain insights regarding the production of high-quality microbial proteins for applications in foodstuffs in the most efficient and economical feasible way. Hydrogen is used as an energy carrier.

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The project aims to scale up and validate two innovative food packaging solutions based on polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) with active properties and passive barrier to reduce food waste by prolonging food shelf life.


Closing the artificial nitrogen cycle by direct N upcycling as microbial protein. The basis is a highly efficient microbial resynthesis process with a mixed culture of bacteria that use hydrogen as an energy source.

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The MicroNOD project aims to overcome key technological and non-technological barriers to establish an innovative sustainable value chain that upgrades inorganic nutrients from safe industrial side streams to a high-quality organic fertilizer for professional growers as well as for the retail sector.

Life Necovery

LIFE NECOVERY is a research project co-founded by the European Community, through the LIFE+ Environmental Policy & Governance programme. LIFE NECOVERY project dealed with the issues of changing the current concept of WWTPs from being energy consumers to resource recovery sites. This is the new concept of WWTP of the future which consists in extracting resources (energy, nutrients) from wastewater.


LVM Biocells

This project demonstrated the applicability of an innovative, cost-efficient and energy-efficient remediation technique for groundwater contaminated with chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons for a site characterized by low natural groundwater flow velocities.


Research into the production of high quality microbial feed material through the valorisation from COD-rich secondary streams.

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