P2 Science starts commercial production renewable C9 aldehyde

P2 Science starts commercial production of renewable C9 aldehyde

9:24 AM, 29th October 2018
P2’s plant in Naugatuck, US.
P2's plant in Naugatuck, US.

NAUGATUCK, US: P2 Science Inc, a bio-renewable chemistry company has produced the first ever commercial quantities of BioNonanal, at its new plant in Naugatuck.

BioNonanal is a 100 percent renewable, vegetable-based linear C9 aldehyde, commonly used in fragrances to impart waxy, citrus and floral notes to consumer products in both household and personal care markets.

To date, nonanal has been mainly produced from a petrochemical, Octene. The only option for a renewable nonanal has been via a costly extraction process from certain essential oils such as orange oil. The resulting cost of such a natural extract nonanal made it impractical to use in most fragrance applications. P2’s patented green chemistry process enables the efficient conversion of many common vegetable oils into nonanal and other valuable speciality products for use in cosmetics and related applications.

The BioNonanal made by P2 in this first commercial campaign used palm oil from Malaysia as the feedstock. The company recently attracted investment from Xeraya Capital, a Malaysian fund. Other vegetable oil feedstocks suitable for use at the plant include US soybean, rapeseed and castor.

“We do oxidation, inspired by nature, run under the mildest imaginable conditions, gently cooled to below 40 Degrees Fahrenheit, with no applied pressure or heat and a tiny environmental footprint. It’s deceptively simple, but it’s never been done before. It opens up a whole new set of options for cost effective renewable products for many applications. And BioNonanal is just the start,” added Neil Burns, CEO, P2.

“The process “mimics what occurs in nature when natural oils on the human skin are oxidized by air to produce aldehydes. It’s simple, green, natural chemistry,” said Patrick Foley, Chief Science Officer, P2.

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