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Evonik starts lauric acid pilot

6:19 AM MDT | September 6, 2013

Evonik Industries says it has begun operating a pilot plant for omega-amino lauric acid (ALS) at Slovenska Lupca, Slovakia. Biobased ALS is an alternative to petroleum-based laurin lactam (LL). ALS potentially replaces LL as a monomer in the manufacture of sustainable high-performance plastics and yields an identical compound nylon-12, Evonik says. Palm oil, which Evonik is already using as a base for various other chemical products, is the starting material. The entirely new process has the potential to complement butadiene-based production of nylon-12, the...

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