Aniline from bio-based feedstock
The industry currently wins aniline from benzene, a petroleum-based raw material. However, unrefined raw sugar, which is already derived on large scale as a renewable raw material from, for example, feed corn, straw and wood, can be used instead. The newly developed process uses a microorganism as a catalyst to first convert the industrial sugar into a precursor. The aniline is then produced by means of chemical catalysis in a second step. In this context, CAT Catalytic Center is involved in finding selective chemical conversion strategies to get from the precursors to the aniline. In the end, one hundred percent of the carbon contained in this aniline thus comes from renewable raw materials.
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With Power-to-X technologies, renewable energy can be converted into climate-friendly plastics and fuels, gases and chemicals. This makes them indispensable for the achievement of the climate objectives. As a part of the Kopernikus projects initiative the sub-project Dream Polyols Conti is aiming for the production of sustainable polymers enabled by the use of power-to-X technology. In this context, CAT Catalytic Center is involved in the development of novel, sustainable polyol and NCO-prepolymer building blocks.
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