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BioAmber Proves Biobased BDO Production at Scale

9:50 AM MDT | March 27, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has produced multi-ton quantities of 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and gamma-burtyrolactone  (GBL) from biobased succinic acid. The company used hydrogenation catalyst technology it licensed from DuPont for the production campaign, which was performed at an undisclosed toll processing facility with large-scale hydrogenation reactors and distillation columns.   The company is developing an integrated plant engineering design that combines biobased succinic acid and BDO production on a single site, says...

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