Biosuccinium®, A Novel Green Chemical Building Block, Will Enable New Applications and Open New Markets
Driving Market Opportunities with New Applications for Biosuccinium® Sustainable Succinic Acid
Uncover New Markets
While current markets for succinic acid include pharmaceuticals, food, flavor, coatings, pigments and metal plating, Reverdia believes that the production of a high quality, bio-based succinic acid, such as Biosuccinium®, will cause new applications to emerge and open new markets. These include the production of bio-based polyurethanes, polybutylene succinate (PBS), plasticizers, composite and coating resins, solvents, 1,4 butanediol and Tetrahydrofuran (THF) for usage in many end-user products like packaging, footwear, elastane clothing, shopping bags, mulch films, automotive interior and more.
Discover New Applications
The advent of Biosuccinium® succinic acid, produced with industry leading low pH yeast technology, will help drive the widespread use of renewable, bio-based sustainable products to meet the global demand for eco-friendly products.
Biosuccinium® enables all members in the value chain, from polymer producers to OEM and brand owners, the opportunity to create an eco-friendly brand image and generate additional sales with new, innovative and sustainable products.
Polyurethanes are used in a wide variety of applications like adhesives for hot melt applications, coatings, sealants, (thermoplastic) elastomers for artificial leather applications and shoe soles, flexible and rigid foams. This provides many market opportunities in a diverse range of industries like construction, footwear, automotive, furniture, insulation, architecture and bedding.
By replacing 1 kilo of petrochemical adipic acid with Biosuccinium®, manufacturers can reduce their carbon footprint by over 8 kg CO2. Learn more about the ecological benefits of Biosuccinium®.
The combination of Biosuccinium® with Biosuccinium-based 1,4 butanediol (once available) could create an 100% bio-based polyester polyol and an almost 100% bio-based polyurethane.
Petroleum-based Polyester Polyols
Bio-based Polyester Polyols
Polybutylene Succinate (PBS) is one of the newest biopolymers under development for numerous applications worldwide. PBS joins PLA, PBAT and PHA in the growing family of biopolymers.
PBS is currently produced from petrochemical-based succinic acid and petrochemical-based 1,4 butanediol (1,4 BDO). While PBS is already biodegradable, Biosuccinium® can make the polymer partly or even 100% bio-based.
Partially Bio-based PBS
100% Bio-based PBS
PBS is flexible and heat resistant. It can be used as matrix polymer, or as a modifier (blend partner) that can be used in combination with another chemical such as polylactic acid (PLA).
PBS is also used in packaging (food), mulch films, non wovens, fiber/textile, consumer goods, electrics and electronics, automotive interior, and others. In addition, PBS is also used to produce coffee/tea cups, bowls, plates, plastic utensils, agricultural mulch films and diapers.
Plasticizers improve the plasticity or flexibility of the material to which it is added. However, not all plasticizers are equal.
Concerns over the impact of plasticizers leaching from poly vinyl chloride (PVC) have resulted in regulations banning the use of certain plasticizers in children’s articles and toys. This has led the use of phthalate-free plasticizers in these product types.
While the largest market opportunity for the use of Biosuccinium® is to make plasticizers for the production of PVC, it can also be used to meet the growing demand for plasticizers for bio-based plastics.
Biosuccinium® not only increases the bio-based content of plasticizers, but also helps improve the carbon footprint, creating a more sustainable plasticizer.
Resins are used for many products, like architectural coatings, product finishes, special purpose coatings, structural materials, adhesives and inks.
There are many different types of resins including alkyd, polyester and urethane.
Government and industry regulations increasingly require the reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOC) used in resins as well as the creation of more sustainable resin products. The use of Biosuccinium® can increase the bio-based content of the resin while reducing VOCs to create superior sustainable products.
World production of 1,4-butanediol is significant at about one million metric tons per year, with almost half used to produce tetrahydrofuran (THF) to make elastane fibers such as Spandex.
1,4 BDO can also be used to produce polybutylene terephtalate (PBT) which is used in applications such as electrical and electronics equipment and the automotive market for products like wheel covers, gearshift knobs and connectors.
1,4 BDO is also used to make Polybutylene succinate and polyester polyols for polyurethanes.
Biosuccinium™ offers the opportunity to produce bio-based, renewable 1,4 BDO that reduces the dependence on oil-based resources.
Reverdia enables Provichem® 2511 ECO, the first commercially available bio-based Di-Methyl-Succinate (DMS)
- Bio-based solvent, miscible with alcohols, ethers, ketones and most hydrocarbons
- Produced with Biosuccinium™, sustainable succinic acid
- Totally biodegradable and non toxic for aquatic organisms
- Used as a coalescing agent for emulsion paints in low VOC coating applications
- Used as a raw material in the manufacturing of DMSS, which is further processed to produce quinacridone pigments