Process-related analytics

Reliable and efficient analysis is essential for the development of new processes and the scaling of advanced procedures. Novel processes, tests and experiments require a fast analytical evaluation and demand a permanent adaptation of already established methods.

The analysis of natural substances such as lignocellulose, fermentation broths or even chemical reactor waters is characterized by a complex matrix of various impurities. To determine relevant components, HPLC and GC systems with various separation mechanisms and various detectors are used. In addition to routine analysis, assimilated methods, including novel method development, are therefore our daily business.

Current R&D topics

  • Quantification of sugars and sugar degradation products like 5-HMF, furfural, formic acid, acetic acid in samples from the biorefinery process
  • Quantification of sugars and organic acids in fermentation broths (e.g. malic acid, xylon acid and itaconic acid)
  • Quantification of alcohols and organic solvents
  • GC-MS screening
  • Gas analysis
  • Quantification of phenolic compounds in samples of the base-cataysed depolymerisation

Range of services

Our spectrum of services includes particularly process-accompanying analyses, but also the development and establishment of new analytical methods.

The focus is on:

  • Quantification of the following substances:
    • Sugars from wood
    • Sugar degradation products
    • Organic solvents
    • Organic acids (simple carboxylic acids, diacids, fatty acids, aromatic acids)
    • Permanent gases
    • Aromatic compounds 
  • Screening of unknown ingredients
  • Determination of enzyme activity
  • Protein analysis
  • NCHS and O determination
  • Relative molar mass determination of lignin
  • Determination of phenolic OH groups and carboxyl groups in lignin/oils