Evonik, BioAmber manufacture catalysts from bio- based succinic acid

Evonik, BioAmber to manufacture catalysts from bio- based succinic acid

7:07 AM, 25th July 2012
Evonik, BioAmber to manufacture catalysts from bio- based succinic acid

ESSEN, GERMANY/MINNEAPOLIS, US: Evonik Industries’ Catalysts Business Line has recently agreed with US based BioAmber Inc on a long term cooperation for the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making 1,4- butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofurane (THF) and gamma - butyrolactone (GBL) from bio-based succinic acid. The global market for these products currently made from petrochemicals is $4 billion.

BioAmber licensed BDO hydrogenation catalyst technology from DuPont in 2010, which has been further developed with partners Evonik and the Centre for Applied Catalysis at Seton Hall University New Jersey, US to improve the technology. In parallel, BioAmber and Evonik have started to develop a new generation of BDO catalysts.

“Through our collaboration with Evonik, we have secured the expertise and capabilities we need to rapidly bring competitive BDO and THF technology to market. We are fortunate to have a partner of Evonik’s caliber who can both optimize and manufacture our immediate catalyst needs and also develop with us a new generation of catalysts,” said Jean-Francois Huc, CEO, BioAmber.

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