Research • Inopsys

research departement.

Our R&D department is where chemistry merges with engineering and scientific expertise. Recovering valuable materials, recycling solvents, or removing the toxic compounds from a side stream – we can do it all. For every specific case, Inopsys applies the best available technology (BAT): coagulation, filtration, flotation, adsorption, advanced oxidation, membranes … but also extraction, crystallization, complexation, and scavenging.

Where needed, we modify the properties of water streams to obtain the best performance of removal or recovery technologies. However, for complex side streams, one technology might not be enough to reach the desired discharge limit. In this case, we fine-tune and combine optimal BAT’s, resulting in BAS, the best available solution.

fundamental research.

Besides, our R&D department actively engages in core research. Within the fundamental research programs of Inopsys, we develop innovative methods for removing micropollutants, including endocrine disruptors, AOX, persistent (agro)chemicals, and PFAS, to sub-ppt levels. By exploring the upcoming technologies, we accelerate the transition to the circular economy.

Read more about some of our research projects via the next overview:


The labs and offices of Inopsys’ R&D team are located in BlueChem, an incubator for sustainable chemistry. It is a part of the climate-neutral business park Blue Gate Antwerp, at the heart of the largest chemical cluster in Europe. 

BlueChem incubator aims to help growing companies develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future. BlueChem stands for a unique partnership between industry, government, and knowledge institutions. We are happy to be a part of it! 

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exclusive equipment.

The “eyes” of our labs are analytical instruments. To support the laboratory trials, we routinely measure levels of group parameters, molecules, and ions in-house. In particular:

ED-XRF, a non-destructive technique used to obtain precise information on the metal content in a solid or liquid sample.

UPLC-MS, state-of-the-art, highly sensitive, and selective analysis method, allowing to quantify trace concentrations of organic compounds in liquids.

UV-Vis, high-throughput, accurate technology for wide-ranging determination of elements and group parameters in liquid samples.

For analyses at ppb level and below, we continuously collaborate with several strategic partners.


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