US Verdezyne obtains patent for bio-based adipic acid process

15 August 2012 14:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Verdezyne has been granted a US patent for a bio-based adipic acid production process, the US-based industrial biotechnology company said on Wednesday.

Verdezyne said that the patent covers one of its proprietary processes for selectively converting non-petroleum oils into adipic acid.

Verdezyne designed its process specifically for the production of nylon 6,6. The company believes its renewably sourced adipic acid will be cost-advantaged compared with conventional adipic acid, as well as more environmentally-friendly, it said.

“Verdezyne’s proprietary process allows us to produce adipic acid at high yields and selectively from any plant-based oil, regardless of its fatty acid composition – making the entire process more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly,” said Stephen Picataggio, Verdezyne’s chief scientific officer.

“Since our feedstock position is not carbohydrate-based, we are also not competing for sugar in the food or energy value chain,” Picataggio said.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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