July 30, 2009

BIO update - Next generation bioplastics

News on bioplastics have been accumulating in my blog drafts especially with new information from last week's BIO conference in Montreal.

First, a recap of presentations from BIO coming from Segetis, Avantium, and Metabolix.

Segetis' Olga Selifonova talked about a new chemical platform called L-Ketals formed from the combination of glycerol and levulinic acid. I don't really understand much of its chemistry (I'll leave it to the experts) but according to Segetis, L-Ketals potential applications include plasticizers, surfactants/emulsifiers, polyols, solvents, thermoset/thermoplastic, and adhesives (among others).

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