February 18, 2011
First is Bayer which just started its pilot plant in Chempark Leverkusen, Germany, producing polyurethanes using carbon dioxide as feedstock. As I've mentioned before, there are other companies that are looking into CO2-based polymers such as Novomer, which is currently working with DSM on CO2-based polycarbonate resins.
The blog first mentioned Bayer's CO-based PU project last year. The company's pilot plant produces kilogram-scale polyether polycarbonate polyols (PPPs) that will be processed into polyurethanes and will involve the chemical bonding of CO2. The key technology for the process is catalysis.