Amyris And Michelin To Pursue Isoprene | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 40 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 3, 2011

Amyris And Michelin To Pursue Isoprene

Department: Business
Keywords: isoprene, biobased chemicals, rubber, tires

Amyris, a renewable chemicals company, has signed an agreement to collaborate with tire maker Michelin on the development of isoprene from plant-based sugars. Amyris says its technology, now being used to produce the 15-carbon molecule farnesene, can also convert sugars into isoprene, a five-carbon molecule used to make synthetic rubber for tires. Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Genencor, now part of DuPont, have a similar agreement to develop isoprene.

 
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