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Sonichem (formerly Bio-Sep)

Sonichem ultrasonic technology
driving the sustainable
chemicals of the future

We have transitioned our brand to Sonichem (formerly Bio-Sep), as we embark on an exciting new chapter of innovation and growth.


Sonichem biorefinery technology is an ultra-clean way to convert low-value woody biomass (e.g. sawdust) into high value green chemicals 

Learn more about our process >

Low energy

Our ultrasonic technology requires significantly less energy than conventional methods, resulting in green chemicals with a low carbon footprint.

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Zero waste

All the biomass that enters our process is upcycled into pure platform chemicals – with no co-products, no impurities and only recyclable solvents.

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High quality green chemicals

Our process creates three clean product streams with a huge range of potential uses, including some of the purest lignin on the market.

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Responsibly-sourced biomass

We only use non-food woody biomass – by-products from the forestry and agricultural industry – that would otherwise be burnt or left to rot.

Our products

Our green chemicals sequester carbon and can be used to create a wide range of products, packaging, and materials with a low environmental impact.


Cellulose                             >

Hemicellulose hydrolysate   >

Lignin                                   >

Cellulose in Wood
Hemicellulose in Wood
Sonichem Lignin from sawdust

Our impact

Fossil fuels and the burning of waste biomass from
forestry and agriculture are significant contributors
to rising CO2 levels in the earth’s atmosphere. To
tackle the climate crisis, we need to find clean
technological solutions that reduce our reliance on
depleting reserves, like crude oil and gas, while
better utilising the world’s renewable resources.

Sonichem technology optimises the use of the world’s natural resources at every step, reducing our
collective reliance on fossil fuels and avoiding
excess and waste.

Latest news

CARMA - a consortium led by Sonichem to make bio-based automotive resins materials

Sonichem Leads £600K Funded Consortium for Sustainable Automotive Materials

Sonichem is leading a £600K Innovate UK-funded consortium to revolutionise the automotive industry with sustainable, bio-based materials. It’s no secret that the transport sector is under
Adrian Black and Sonichem's executive team

Leading the ripples of change

Leading the ripples of change: Adrian Black’s journey from coding to cleantech Sonichem was founded in 2007, and the company has been riding the waves of
Dr Andy West with Sonichem Lignin

Dr Andrew West, Awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr Andrew West, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry Sonichem is celebrating the exciting news that our Chief Chemist, Dr Andrew (Andy) West,

Industry Associations

Confor Member Logo


A membership organisation supporting sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses.

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Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

An organisation that connects industry, academia and government to bring biotechnology processes and products to the global market.

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An R&D and collaboration hub for companies to translate sustainable chemical technologies into clean growth.