Renewable Chemicals: OPX collaborates with Dow For biobased acrylic acid

April 18, 2011

Biobased chemicals start-up OPX Biotechnologies will partner with Dow Chemical to make acrylic acid from sugar at demonstration scale.

In February, OPX said its pilot-scale process proved that acrylic acid could be produced commercially from corn sugar for 70 cents per lb, 5 cents cheaper than from petroleum. Now, OPX will work with Dow to prove the technical and economic viability of manufacturing and using biobased acrylic acid in an industrial setting.

The deal allows OPX to concentrate on the first half of the production system: making 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3HP) from sugar with its proprietary engineered microbes. “Then the partnership will leverage Dow’s abilities in catalytic chemical processes for 3HP dehydration to bioacrylic,” explains OPX CEO Charles R. Eggert.

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