BASF, Cargill, Novozymes reach new milestone in bio acrylic acid production

BASF, Cargill, Novozymes reach new milestone in bio acrylic acid production

11:52 AM, 16th September 2014
BASF, Cargill, Novozymes reach new milestone in bio acrylic acid production

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/MINNEAPOLIS, US/COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Moreover they have selected the process for further scale-up.

In August 2012, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced their joint agreement to develop a process for the conversion of renewable raw materials into bio-based acrylic acid. In July 2013, the partners successfully demonstrated the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), one possible precursor to acrylic acid, at pilot scale.

BASF initially plans to use the bio-based acrylic acid to manufacture superabsorbent polymers. Currently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived mainly from the refining of crude oil.

“Cargill came together with BASF and Novozymes to do what had not been done ever before. We have been working together for less than two years and we have made great progress toward our common goal. It’s a great example of what can be accomplished when industry leaders with unique expertise in biotechnology and chemistry come together to create new innovations,” said Jack Staloch, Vice President, Research and Development, Cargill.

 

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