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#BIOWC16: “Building Aromaticity in Renewable Chemicals”

April 18, 2016
The presentations were interesting, which was followed by discussions from all of the speakers who are working in building aromatic molecules.  DuPont and ADM are in partnership to produce Furan Dicarboxylic Methyl Ester (FDME) from fructose using a new process.  The monomer FDME can be polymerized with 1,3- propanediol, (Bio-PDO™), and the resulting synthetic polymer has some very unique properties.

Complementing the DuPont presentation, Len Rand the President and CEO of xF Technologies described the suite of aromatic compounds known as furan esters or coined as “408’s” having high efficacy as a solvent, plasticizer, and as additives in personal care products.  The conversion technology being used is based on a low cost two step thermochemical process starting from the biomass to C-6 sugars.

Another furanics work was presented by Joop Groen from TNO. Groen spoke about the Biorizon Shared Research Center which is looking to scale-up their lab work on furanics. One of the focuses in their research involves taking waste to aromatics.  They came up with several technical projects in the derivatization of the furanics to functionalized aromatics and monomers to biobased polymers for coatings, and specialty lubricants.

The presentation from David Sudolsky, CEO, Anellotech, focused on aromatic renewable chemicals based on benzene, toluene and xylenes which can be produced from Anellotech’s thermochemical catalytic (Bio-TCATTM) non-food biomass conversion technology.  The oxidation of the xylenes produces aromatic diacids which can be used in the production of a 100% biocontent polyethylene terephthalate (PET).  The process is cost competitive with fossil fuel technologies.