Evonik and LanzaTech Partner on Bio-Processed Precursors for Specialty Plastics

By Chemical Processing staff

Dec 26, 2013

Evonik Industries and LanzaTech have signed a three-year research cooperation agreement to develop a route to bioprocessed precursors for specialty plastics from waste derived synthesis gas.

In this route, microorganisms placed in fermenters turn synthesis gas into chemical products. Synthesis gases comprise mainly of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide and hydrogen and can come from a variety of gasified biomass waste streams including forestry and agricultural residues and gasified municipal solid waste.

“Industrial biotechnology is one of the core competences of Evonik. It enables new approaches to specialty chemicals and processes,” explains Prof. Stefan Buchholz, the head of Creavis, Evonik’s innovation arm.  

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