Start-up Profile

Founded: 2017

Country: Estonia

Number of employees: 10

Main focus areas/active in: 

  • Bio-based Chemistry
  • Bio-based Materials
  • Biorefinery / Pilot Plant
  • Feedstock / Biomass
  • Waste Management / Recycling


Lixea is an Imperial College London spin-out company founded in 2017 developing an innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost, environmentally friendly solvents, namely liquid salts or ionic liquids. The novel, patented process converts wood waste or agricultural residues into high-quality intermediates for sustainable (bio)chemicals, materials and fuels.


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Which input provides your business model/core technology towards a bio-based economy?

Lixea’s goal is to provide an alternative to fossil-based value chains through biorefining. Lixea’s core process treats would-be lignocellulosic waste to turn them into high-quality cellulose and lignin. This will enable the economically viable development of a bio-based supply chain for a wide variety of materials.

Which market/clients do you address and which short-/long-term goals do you have?

Lixea’s business model is to operate as a process licensor. As such, our target clients are partners who will work with us to scale the process, ideally with existing supply chains either in feedstock or process outputs. The Dendronic process can treat a wide variety of input materials, but target markets we have identified are waste wood treatment, sawmill waste, and sugar cane bagasse.

What makes your approach unique compared to other stakeholders in this field?

Lixea’s Dendronic Process is unique in using Ionic Liquids as a solvent. Ionic Liquids allow for the process to operate at lower temperatures and pressures than competing processes and enable the treatment of contaminated feedstocks. The combination of milder operating conditions and input of would-be waste make products from the Dendonic process more economically attractive.

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Conor Wilson
Development Manager

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