March 5, 2015

Levulinic acid commercialization expands

There were two recent press releases about levulinic acid that were just announced the past two weeks and it was an interesting coincidence that we just published a comprehensive chemical profile about levulinic acid in Tecnon OrbiChem's February BioMaterials newsletter issue.

For those who are not familiar with levulinic acid, it is a non-toxic organic compound that has been
listed as one of the Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2004.  The bifunctionality of the keto and carboxyic acid groups (seen in the formula here) makes levulinic acid a versatile chemical intermediate that can be converted into many other useful chemical products such as in solvents, pesticides, herbicides, polymer resins, cosmetics, and even gasoline or diesel components.

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