Volume 95 Issue 46 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 20, 2017

Haldor Topsoe, Braskem investigate biobased ethylene glycol

The firms will test out a catalytic process to turn sugar into the polyester raw material
Department: Business
Keywords: Biobased chemicals, ethanol, ethylene glycol, Braskem

Catalyst firm Haldor Topsoe and Brazilian petrochemical giant Braskem are building a demonstration plant in Denmark to test Topsoe’s new process for making ethylene glycol from sugar.

Ethylene glycol is reacted with purified terephthalic acid to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and beverage companies are on the hunt for a biobased route to this common beverage bottle plastic. Coca-Cola has used biobased ethylene glycol to make its PlantBottle since 2009.

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