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Evonik researches bacterial conversion of syngas to specialty chemicals

4:34 AM MST | December 5, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Evonik Industries has succeeded in using biotechnology methods to convert synthesis gas (syngas) to pure 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) under industrial conditions, the company has announced. 2-HIBA is a precursor used in the manufacture of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). 2-HIBA can also be produced via chemical synthesis. The chemically produced and biotech-produced products can each be converted to methyl methacrylate (MMA). Evonik is one of the largest producers of MMA. Other applications could be products used as ingredients for the cosmetics industry, or...

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