Procter & Gamble – Cargill, IFPEN and Axens collaborate to advance lactic-to-acrylic-acid know-how – Chemical Engineering
By Gerald Ondrey |
Cargill Inc. (Wayzata, Minn.), IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens (each Rueil-Malmason, France) are becoming a member of forces to additional develop and scale bio-based acrylic acid. The collaboration leverages Cargill’s expertise with bio-based supplies, IFPEN’s experience within the discipline of catalyst and bioprocess improvement, and Axens’ catalyst manufacturing and industrial scale-up design course of to commercialize the Procter & Gamble (P&G) firm’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid know-how, which Cargill licensed in earlier this yr.
“More than 6 million tons of petro-based acrylic acid will be produced this year,” says Dr. Jill Zullo, vice chairman of Biointermediates in Cargill’s Bioindustrial enterprise. “By leveraging Cargill’s processing technology and IFPEN/Axens’ know-how in catalysis and scale up, we’re aiming to produce acrylic acid from renewable sources thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.”
Since Cargill’s award-winning lactic acid know-how is already commercially confirmed, efforts will concentrate on the catalyst and course of improvement wanted to transform lactic acid into bio-based acrylic acid at scale — experience for which IFPEN and Axens are world famend. Bio-based acrylic acid can be utilized in quite a lot of functions, from hygiene merchandise to family paints, delivering extra sustainable options on a variety of client merchandise.
“We’re thrilled to be working with IFPEN and Axens. Given their mutual commitment to furthering the bio-economy and demonstrated capabilities in catalysis and commercial scale up, we knew they were the right partners for this important project,” says Asheesh Choudhary, world enterprise improvement director for Cargill’s Bioindustrial enterprise.
“We firmly believe that the combined expertise of the three partners, which includes our recognized experience in the field of bio-products, represents the strength of this project,” explains Jean-Pierre Burzynski, director of the Course of Enterprise Unit at IFPEN.
Pierre Beccat, EVP Know-how Improvement and Innovation at Axens provides: “We are very proud to be associated to Cargill and IFPEN to develop a solution in the field of bio-products thus bolstering Axens’ ambition to be a major player in the bio-economy. The technology was developed in P&G’s corporate laboratories and Axens is very excited to develop it to an industrial scale as this technology could have a significant impact on the marketplace.”
The businesses are advancing the know-how in response to staged milestones. Though will probably be a number of years earlier than it is able to be deployed at business scale, take a look at samples could possibly be prepared for potential clients someday throughout the subsequent 12 months.