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Toray Industries and Ajinomoto will work together to develop an economically viable way of making the nylon 5,6 raw material 1,5-pentanediamine (1,5-PD) from lysine. One of Toray’s core businesses is synthetic fiber, whereas Ajinomoto produces lysine, an amino acid feed additive, from plant materials. The two companies will look at obtaining 1,5-PD by decarbonating lysine through an enzyme reaction and then polymerizing it with dicarboxylic acid. Nylon 5,6 yields a textile fiber that is pleasing to the touch, Toray says.
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