US company trying to use BioIsoprene to make fuel

22 July 2009 23:40  [Source: ICIS news]

MONTREAL, CANADA (ICIS news)--Biotechnology company Genencor was able to convert its BioIsoprene product to C10 and C15 chemical platforms, which can be used for biofuel applications such as jet fuel, a company official said on Wednesday.

BioIsoprene, which is produced through fermentation, was developed as an alternative to petroleum-based isoprene. Current applications for BioIsoprene include tyre rubber, adhesives and elastomers.

Genencor's Richard LaDuca, senior director of business development, said they use catalysis to convert BioIsoprene to the new C10 and C15 platforms, which they named BioIsoFuel. The development is still at pre-pilot stage and more research is needed, said LaDuca at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Montreal.

Genencor said they plan to partner with big oil companies for further development of the product.

The company targets commercial production of BioIsoprene by 2013.

The three-day conference ends on Wednesday.

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