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FDCA and muconic acid transforming the industry

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Key words: furandicarboxylic acid, FDCA, muconic acid, bio-based plastics, PET, PLA, Pectin, Sugar

DURATION: 45 min + 15 min Q&A

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In this webinar VTT will be releasing its latest results in bio-based plastics development. Join us to learn about how furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and muconic acid are transforming the industry.

Plastics have revolutionized our lives in every aspect, yet only 2 % of the yearly production of 300 Megatons are renewable. However, a  10% growth rate per annum is proposed to bio-based drop-in PET and PLA. Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and muconic acids are also changing the face of the bio-based plastics industry. It is often assumed that these bio-based plastics will be somehow flawed and not be as good as crude-oil based products, or that they have a higher price. This misconception leads to the presumption that they cannot be produced to the same markets cost as existing materials. These bio-based plastics can actually be superior to those crude-oil products.

Using pectin and sugar, it is possible to prepare high quality materials that can be made into, for example, plastics for everyday applications, skin care, packaging materials and resins.

Key learning objectives:

  1. Learn about the patent landscape and the direction of R&D trends for these bio-based plastics
  2. Why are we still using crude oil and why is this a problem?
  3. Learn about these bio-based plastics and that they are better in both cost and properties
  4. Learn how FDCA and muconic acid can transform the bio-based plastics industry

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Presented by:

Ali Harlin

Ali Harlin, Research Professor
Dr. Ali Harlin, Dr.Sc.(Tech), Research Professor in bioeconomy at VTT,  has experience from petrochemical, machinery and forest industries. He has some 200 scientific and original publications as well he is inventor of some 60 patents.  He is active in research on novel and added value chemical and material applications of biomass and especially wood based lignocellulosics.

Juha Linnekoski

Juha Linnekoski, Principle Scientist
Dr. Juha Linnekoski is a Principal scientist and Principal investigator, D.Sc. (Tech.) with 18 years’ experience in development of various catalytic processes for the production of bio-based fuels and chemicals from biomass. He has expertise in heterogeneous catalysis and in catalytic processes to convert bio-based raw materials into chemicals and monomers for bio-plastics. He has 28 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and 3 patents.

David Thomas

David Thomas, Senior Scientist
Dr. David Thomas is a Senior Scientist with 13 years’ experience in industrial, custom and polymer synthesis along with process optimization. With a doctorate from Leeds University (UK) he has 7 academic publications, 4 granted patents and several patent applications in the areas of semi-conductor hard masks and bio-based industrial monomers from aldaric acids. He is currently actively working on bio-based platform chemicals derived from sugars and sugar acids.

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