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Volume 94 Issue 4 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 25, 2016

DuPont, ADM Unveil Route To Biobased Polyester

Renewable Chemistry: Low-cost method for making key monomer enables a sugar-derived plastic for bottles
Department: Business
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: biobased, biobased chemicals, sustainability, recycling, fructose

DuPont and agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland have unveiled a process to make furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) from fructose. The companies plan on reacting the chemical with 1,3-propanediol to make a new biobased packaging polymer.

FDME is the methyl ester of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), which the Department of Energy earlier identified as an important potential biobased chemical building block.

The Dutch firm Avantium has been promoting FDCA as a raw material to make polyethylene . . .

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