The United Soybean Board (USB) gave me an update during the #AOCS meeting about new industrial projects (and a long list at that) on soy-based development as of April 2009.
In plastics category, there are about 28 projects; 7 in lubricants and solvents; 6 in fibers; 23 in coatings, inks and adhesives; and 15 in other emerging industrial applications such as soy oil biofuel cell; arabitol/xylitol from biodiesel-based glycerol; high energy density glycerol battery; soy meals to hydrogels; and methyl soyate as a mosquito larvicide.
Recently completed projects include:
- Dow Chemical’s soy polyol monomer development and trials
- Chevron Phillips’ soy-based polythiol research and development
- The University of Wisconsin’s soy protein properties for thermoplastic applications
- PARC Technical Service’s used soy oil hydroprocessing evaluation
- Iowa State University’s soy mid-oleic and low linolenic (1%) beans production
- TribSys’ development of soy oil for metal working fluids
- Battelle Memorial Institutes’s development of soy-based powder coatings
- Lehigh University’s Optimizing UV/EB curing of soy for inks
- Cambridge Biopolymers’ soy oil for use as thermoset adhesive resins
- St. Louis University’s development of soy oil biofuel cell
- TNO’s soy meal as a water soluble hydrogel for irrigation
Projects that have contract in progress or are recently authorized include:
- Elevance Renewable Sciences’ petrolatum from soy oil via metathesis
- Marvin Technology Associates’ development of cost effective soy flake-based fiber
- Clemson University’s soy protein processing routes for fibers and films
- Tens Tech Inc.’s processing finishes and surface modifiers for soy fiber
- North Dakota State University’s development of soy-based UV curable coatings
- Forest Products Lab’s improved performance for heat resistant soy adhesives
- Kansas State University’s soy oil latex for pressure sensitive adhesives
- Niemann & Associates’ soy oil polymers as roofing/insulation adhesives
- Sherwin Williams’ development of waterborne soy latex emulsions
- University of Tennessee’s acrolein from crude glycerol by supercritical water technology
In the oils-related news, European equipment supplier Mann+Hummel Group has developed an air filter system made from bio-polyamide, which is now ready for commercial production. The polyamide used for the filter, supplied by BASF, consists of around 60% sebacic acid which is obtained from castor oil.
For more on the development of fats and oils-based industrial applications, read my April 27 article on ICIS Chemical Business. Other articles in this Fats and Oils feature include an exclusive Q&A with the CEO of Brazilian fatty alcohol producer Oxiteno; the state of Asia’s biodiesel and oleochemical market; the biodiesel war between Europe and the US; and the greening of the polyurethane market worldwide.
Happy fats and oils reading!