March 14, 2013

Bio-MMA development expands

I have reported about the development of biobased methyl metacrylate one only one time in November 2011 when Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) and its subsidiary Lucite International announced that they have developed bio-based methyl methacrylate (MMA), a chemical used in coatings, transparent plastics and adhesives.

This week, a start-up Minneapolis-based company called Ascenix BioTechnologies reportedly has licensed a technology from the University of Minnesota that can produce sugar-based isobutyric acid that can be then be used to further convert into MMA.

Source: IHS

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