cornfield-200Sustainability is an issue of concern for many companies that plan to provide the chemicals, plastics and fuels of the future. The use of fossil resources needs to be managed to conserve the existing stocks and provide time to invest in research and the development of new technologies.

Renewable raw materials have been utilized for years as the building blocks for a variety of commercial products. The promise of the future is that bio-based materials will increasingly be able to replace products derived from fossil resources, either by direct substitution (i.e. the same molecule) or by offering a product with similar functional properties. Within the next decade, it is likely that a substantial share of chemical products will be based on natural resources.

MATRIC has been very active in assisting commercial partners explore and develop technologies for the conversion of renewable raw materials to chemicals and fuels. Key capabilities of MATRIC and its technical staff include:

  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Process chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Separations
  • Process engineering
  • Health, safety and environment
  • Process scale-up
  • Risk mitigation

— For more information regarding MATRIC’s conversion capabilities, contact Duane Dombek, Ph.D., MATRIC’s director of process and product R&D.