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Solvay And Avantium Join For Polymers

by Alexander H. Tullo
July 18, 2011 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 89, ISSUE 29

Solvay and high-throughput-screening firm Avantium have entered a multiyear collaboration to develop nylon engineering polymers based on Avantium’s YXY platform for furanic chemicals derived from sugar. Avantium has found a route to furan dicarboxylic acid, which it reacts with ethylene glycol to make polyethylene furanoate, a polyester that boasts six times the oxygen barrier properties of PET. Solvay and Avantium aim to create new polyamides that can compete on both price and performance.

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