Farm2Furan is a project at Lund University focused on developing a value chain for chemicals production as part of a future biorefinery based on surplus agricultural biomass streams in Sweden, i.e. wheat bran and –straw, oat hulls, beet sugar and -molasses. Target products are 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) as a versatile platform chemical for chemical- and fuel industries, and some of its derivatives for use as building blocks for plastics and –surface coating applications.
Farm2furan is a 5-year project (2016-2021) funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas through Bioeconomy programme and is co-funded in kind by the participating companies.
The project involves a number of researchers with different competencies from 3 departments at Faculty of Engineering, and an industry group that represents an entire value chain from raw material production to chemical manufacturers and potential users of the new products.