Green R&D chemical partnerships

Two France-based specialty chemicals companies recently separately announced a research and development collaborations towards green materials and processing.

Rhodia formed a multi-year partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the French National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, or CNRS) to develop new, sustainable technologies in the field of soft condensed matter such as liquids, colloids, polymers, foams and gels. The partnership also formally launched a new international research collaboration called COMPASS.

Rhodia says initial projects will explore renewable and sustainable ingredients for consumer products in home and personal care markets. Others projects will address broadly critical issues such as water scarcity for agriculture and novel printable electronic solutions for energy transfer and storage.

Arkema, meanwhile, joined the EuroBioRef (European Multilevel Integrated Biorefinery Design for Sustainable Biomass Processing) and BIOCORE (Biocommodity Refinery) projects last week.

The projects aim to develop a new highly integrated production concept from multiple non-edible plant feedstocks, using a number of processes (chemical, biochemical, thermochemical) to produce a wide range of products, including aviation fuel and chemical intermediates.

Arkema also announced today that it has partnered with the Lorraine Regional Council and two university laboratories in France – LRGP (Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des procédés) at ENSIC chemical engineering school in Nancy, and MOPS (Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photonique et Système) at Paul Verlaine university in Metz – for the development of biobased acrylic acid and derivatives.

The joint research program aims to develop an industrial process for the synthesis of glycerol – a byproduct of the processing of rapeseed into bio-diesel – into acrylic acid.





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