Issue Date: September 10, 2007
Partners Target Propanediol Output
Metabolic Explorer and Institut Français du Pétrole, which specializes in alternative energy research, will collaborate on scaling up MetEx's biotech route for making 1,3-propanediol out of glycerin (C&EN, Aug. 27, page 26). The French partners seek to add value to glycerin made during a biodiesel production process developed by IFP. Met-Ex CEO Benjamin Gonzalez says his firm's route "could play a crucial role in the overall economics of biodiesel production."
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