Evonik, LanzaTech cooperate in specialty bio-plastics research

09 December 2013 15:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s Evonik and US gas fermentation technology firm LanzaTech have signed a three-year agreement to research a route to bio-processed precursors for specialty plastics, Evonik said on Monday.

The cooperation will combine LanzaTech’s synthetic biology and gas fermentation expertise with specialty chemicals maker Evonik’s existing biotechnology platforms to investigate a route to the precursors from bio-derived synthesis gas.

The synthesis gas could come from a variety of gasified biomass waste streams including forestry or residual agricultural products and gasified municipal waste, Evonik said.

“The use of renewables and specific waste streams is one of the main focuses of our research and development work, and LanzaTech offers an additional interesting approach," said Stefan Buchholz the head of Evonik’s strategic innovation arm Creavis.

By: Nigel Davis
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