BASF, Cargill, Novozymes produces precursor for bio acrylic acid

03 July 2013 15:41  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Germany’s BASF, US-based Cargill and Danish industrial biotechnology firm Novozymes said on Wednesday that they have successfully demonstrated the pilot-scaled production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), a bio-based building block for acrylic acid.

In August 2012, the three companies announced their joint agreement to develop a process to convert renewable raw materials into bio-based acrylic acid.

Since then, they have successfully established several technologies to dehydrate 3-HP to acrylic acid at lab scale.

“We still have a fair amount of work to do before the process is commercially ready, but this is a significant milestone, and we are confident we can continue to the next level of scale-up for the entire process in 2014,” Teressa Szelest, senior vice president of BASF’s global hygiene business.

A precursor to superabsorbent polymers, acrylic acid currently is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived from the refining of crude oil.

BASF plans to use the bio-based acrylic acid to produce polymers that can be used in the manufacturing of baby diapers (or nappies) and other hygiene products.

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