Sustainable Polymer Technologies (SPOT) Team

Our Mission

We stand for design and development of Sustainable POlymer Technologies – Renewable and/or Recyclable

Together with academia and industry, we fight for a greener future where performance of sustainable materials exceeds current standards and limitations.

The team



Two scientific cover publications in one month by VITO researchers

Plastics recycling – the riddle! Session with Prof. Dr. Rudy Koopmans

On the 15th of February 2023, SPOT team was excited to have a full morning session with Prof Dr Rudy Koopmans, who gave us inspiration and useful insights on the global challenge of plastics recycling from an industrial perspective!

SPOT a key member in Biorizon’s annual event

On the 1st of December Biorizon’s annual event took place in the online version. 

VITO and Kaneka join forces to create a sustainable premium polymer

Dr. Karolien Vanbroekhoven and Dr. Elias Feghali participated in the CA17128 LignoCOST Working Groups meeting in Tallinn, Estonia.

In the 24th and the 25th of August 2022, Dr. Karolien Vanbroekhoven and Dr.

SPOT team research featured on the cover of Biomacromolecules

The SPOT team research in collaboration with Kaneka Belgium was highlighted in a cover of the journal Biomacromolecules of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

VITO's work in the Lignicoat project is highlighted in LOOPS webinar series

On Friday 13th of May Dr Viviana Polizzi has presented main insight of VITO’s work in the Lignicoat project in a live webinar initiated by Veltha.

Unilin and VITO join forces for more sustainable building materials

Making our houses and its building materials like insulation boards more sustainable is what we aim for!

Recycling of materials and plastics is the way to go for the future!

We believe that chemical recycling, and even more upcycling of plastics allows for better circular loop closing in the future.

4 Partners kick-started the MOT project CYCLOPS on March 17, 2022

CYCLOPS stands for Chemical recYCLing of Oxygenated Polymer materialS. 

Flemish Prime Minister visits VITO’s LignoValue Pilot

Recently, Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon paid a working visit to Biorizon co-initiator VITO.

Kick off LIFE project VIABLE

The kick off meeting of the Life project VIABLE took place on November 29th, 2021 in an online format with the 7 consortium partners.