ADVERTISEMENT
2 /3 FREE ARTICLES LEFT THIS MONTH Remaining
Chemistry matters. Join us to get the news you need.

If you have an ACS member number, please enter it here so we can link this account to your membership. (optional)

ACS values your privacy. By submitting your information, you are gaining access to C&EN and subscribing to our weekly newsletter. We use the information you provide to make your reading experience better, and we will never sell your data to third party members.

ENJOY UNLIMITED ACCES TO C&EN

Business

Two Biobased Rubber Projects Launch

by Melody M. Bomgardner
November 18, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 46

Two new R&D projects may lessen the world’s dependence on rubber ingredients sourced from petroleum and subtropical rubber plantations. In France, tire maker Michelin will partner with Axens, a catalyst and technology supplier, and IFP Energies Nouvelles, a public sector research organization, to develop a new production process for biobased butadiene. The eight-year effort, called BioButterfly, is backed by a $70 million budget with $20 million coming from the French government. Separately, SGB, a plant biotechnology firm, will collaborate with biomaterials company Yulex on a genomics and molecular breeding program to improve the guayule plant as a source of natural rubber. The plants will not be genetically modified; rather, the firms will pursue genotyping, genetic markers, and novel breeding strategies to increase rubber yield.

X

Article:

This article has been sent to the following recipient:

Leave A Comment

*Required to comment