BlueApp, an innovative hotspot for sustainable chemistry

BlueApp aims to bring industry and academia together to enrich the integrated ecosystem of sustainable chemistry in Antwerp. With BlueApp, the University of Antwerp is taking the next step towards more sustainability in the chemical sector.

Within the sector of sustainable chemistry, BlueApp aims to become the Antwerp meeting point for researchers, companies and investors. “The Port of Antwerp is home to the second largest chemical cluster in the world and gives Antwerp a strong international profile. For international and national companies, BlueApp is the perfect local knowledge partner”, says Quinten Van Avondt, business manager of BlueApp. "We have both the expertise on sustainable and innovative chemistry and a good knowledge of local factors such as the innovation landscape, regulations or local production factors. With BlueApp we are strengthening the Antwerp ecosystem around sustainable chemistry with knowledge, infrastructure and manpower.”

Mathias Capiau and Quinten Van Avondt

Bridge between university and industry

BlueApp wants to cooperate with both local and international companies. Start-ups and scale-ups find a safe environment here to test and experiment. They are given the opportunity to further develop their technology.

International companies can test the impact of certain local factors on their production process, apply research in a safe environment or test new processes without interfering with existing production lines. With its large labs, strict safety regulations and confidential framework, the research centre has some important assets.

"In BlueApp, we build the bridge between university research and industry, driven by the search for answers to socially relevant challenges," says Van Avondt. "For example, the university does a lot of research into CO2-conversion, using electro-, plasma- and photocatalysis... In BlueApp, companies can discover the possibilities of this conversion.”

“The university also has acquired a lot of expertise on hydrogen: production, transport and storage. Antwerp has the ambition to become the European hydrogen hub. If we want to realise that ambition, hydrogen will have to be imported in large quantities and in different forms (LOHC, methanol, ammonia, LH2...). The university is happy to share its knowledge and to cooperate with interested companies."

BlueApp combines knowledge, infrastructure and manpower and creates a platform where university and industry come together.

Quinten Van Avondt, BlueApp business manager

Infrastructure, knowledge and talent

"You come to BlueApp for the perfectly equipped labs or for testing processinstallations in the large demohall. Companies have access to high-end analytical equipment and can rely on the knowledge and talent of the university. We are an open hotspot for innovative ideas in the field of sustainable chemistry, such as air purification and carbon capture, circular use of water or efficient applications with hydrogen.”

“I believe that BlueApp can be a structural partner for many companies working on sustainable chemistry: we have the knowledge, our infrastructure meets the highest standards, Antwerp has a central position with easy access to industrial hot spots in neighbouring countries and major local production of chemicals.” Van Avondt concludes: “In Antwerp we can really provide added value.”

Read more about the highly integrated chemical cluster in Antwerp: