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BASF Introduces Novel Acrylate Monomer

12:19 PM MDT | July 22, 2011 | —alex Scott

BASF has begun producing hydroxypropyl carbamate acrylate (HPCA), a crosslinking acrylate monomer used in coatings, based on a proprietary one step enzymatic fermentation process. The HPCA is generated by the enzymatic transesterification of hydroxypropyl carbamate and ethyl acrylate. HPCA can be used in clearcoat systems for the automotive industry. One coat with HPCA creates a product with the performance of two conventional coatings, the company says. Other applications include adhesives. BASF expects the market to be global. HPCA generated by the biotech...

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