September 1, 2012

INVISTA seeks more bio-based nylon feedstock

My interview with INVISTA happened after the company announced its partnership with LanzaTech to develop bio-based butadiene as feedstock for their proprietary adiponitrile (ADN) production technology. ADN is an intermediate chemical used in the manufacture of nylon 6,6.

LanzaTech initially plans to convert carbon monoxide (CO) to 2,3 butanediol (2,3 BDO), and then subsequently convert it to 1,3 butadiene (BD) using gas fermentation. Longer term, the companies plans to produce CO-based BD directly using a single step process via gas fermentation.

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