Co-create smart solutions for sustainable chemistry

BlueApp is an open innovation hub that brings industry and academia together to enrich the integrated ecosystem of sustainable chemistry.


Co-creation paves the way to sustainable chemistry. Be inspired by our collaborations.


In the battle against the warming of the planet, a great deal of attention is paid to converting CO₂ into raw materials for the chemical industry. One such promising technique is the CO₂-elektrolyser. A scale model of this innovation has already been developed at the University of Antwerp, and further scaling up is ongoing at Blue App. We are also investigating the best way to commercialise the electrolyser.

Waste water treatment

Every waste water treatment plant brings with it a new waste flow, namely sewage sludge. Water purification companies usually pay to have sewage sludge removed. At BlueApp, the possibilities for valorising sludge are being studied. An innovative extraction procedure is being perfected to extract EPSs (extracellular polymeric substances) from the sludge. EPSs consist primarily of polysaccharides and proteins, which means they can be used in a variety of industrial applications.

What people say

The chemical companies in Antwerp have many individual, operational challenges. BlueApp focuses on innovative ideas that improve the sustainability of the entire cluster.​​​​​​​
John Dejaeger -
Ex-President BASF Antwerpen
BlueApp is for everyone who wants to contribute to the sustainable chemistry of the future. It is a place where companies, researchers and investors stimulate and inspire each other to innovate.​​​​​​​
Quinten Van Avondt -
BlueApp manager
The University of Antwerp strives to be a driving force within innovation ecosystems. BlueApp fulfils this role for sustainable chemistry and materials science.
Silvia Lenaerts -
Vice-rector Valorisation and Development UAntwerp