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Evonik and BioAmber to Cooperate on Catalysts

3:21 AM MDT | July 24, 2012 | Deepti Ramesh

Evonik Industries says its catalysts business has agreed with BioAmber (Minneapolis, MN) on a long-term cooperation regarding the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and gamma butyrolactone (GBL) from biobased succinic acid. BDO, THF, and GBL are large volume industrial chemicals used in a range of applications including polymers, paints, adhesives, and solvents. The global market for these products currently made from petrochemicals is $4 billion, Evonik says. BioAmber is a leading manufacturer...

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