Perstorp Launches Biotech Project | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 26 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 30, 2008

Perstorp Launches Biotech Project

Department: Business | Collection: Sustainability

The Swedish specialty chemicals producer Perstorp has embarked upon two five-year research projects aimed at replacing fossil fuel raw materials with renewable ones. Perstorp, Lund University, and other industrial partners will use nearly $6 million in funding from the Swedish government research fund Vinnova to research production of propionic acid and 3-hydroxypropionic acid from natural raw materials. The partners also will develop methods of producing immobilized biocatalysts. In this project, "Perstorp's interest is to design a factory to produce 3-hydroxypropionic aldehydes in a continual process," says Stefan Lundmark, Perstorp's project representative.

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