Bio-refining and novel molecules to hit surfactants

26 April 2012 23:13  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (ICIS)--Bio-refining and novel molecules will be hitting the surfactants markets, ushering in new ways to meet evolving requirements, several speakers said on Thursday at the 2nd ICIS World Surfactants Conference in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Elevance Renewable Sciences (ERS) platform leader for consumer intermediates and ingredients Andy Corr said the company’s 180,000 tonne/year bio-refinery joint venture with Wilmar in Indonesia will be operational during the second half of 2012.

The company has a second bio-refinery of 270,000 tonne/year capacity planned for operations by 2013 at Natchez, Mississippi, in the US.

ERS will use a catalytic metathesis process that can produce molecules in the C10 to C18, and up, chains, making green (non-petroleum) olefins and and lauric oleochemicals by a rearrangement of unsaturated carbon bonds using a variety of feedstocks.

Codexis speaker and vice president biobased chemicals Bill Rothwel said his company intends to take its expertise in the pharmaceutical area into the development of detergent alcohols.

Codexis uses a first-generation sugar feedstock, such as bagasse from sugarcane, that is converted to detergent alcohols via organic processes optimising enzymes or micro-organisms.

Patrick Foley, chief scientific officer for the newly formed P2 Science company, pointed out that innovative chemistry could set the pace for designing “next generation” chemicals.

P2 Science is actively involved in bringing chemistries for carbohydrate-based surfactants to commercialisation.

By: Judith Taylor
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