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Axens partners with Michelin, IFP in French research initiative for biobased butadiene

7:12 AM MST | November 11, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France), IFP Energies Nouvelles (Ifpen; Rueil-Malmaison), and Michelin have launched BioButterfly, a plant chemistry research partnership that aims to develop and bring to market a process for producing biosourced butadiene, the companies announced. The initiative is a response to the need to find sustainable alternative sourcing channels for elastomers, and the BioButterfly process will make it possible to produce innovative, more environmentally friendly synthetic rubber, the companies say. “This joint research project with Axens...

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