Chris Ellen

Education: B.Sc. Double major Chemistry and Environmental Science from Western University (London, Ontario)

Experience: 20+ years in technical support, sales, and marketing for specialty chemicals mostly related to metal, rubber, and plastic surface coatings, forming and cutting.

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February 8, 2017

11:30 AM

Room: TBA

New Bio-Based Resin that is of Commercial Scale Today

BioAmber has the world’s largest manufacturing facility (30,000 MT) for bio-based succinic acid (BIO-SA™) and with plans for larger commercial plants for BIO-SA™, Bio-BDO and Bio-THF. BIO-SA™ is white, highly reactive, thermally stable at polyester polymerization conditions, food grade, low molecular weight (lower usage by weight for improved economics), and has a carbon neutral footprint.  PET resin has been copolymerized with BIO-SA™, a mixture of BIO-SA™ and isophtalic acid, and with isophtalic acid alone via melt and solid state polymerization using standard conditions and catalysts.

BioAmber’s data suggest BIO-SA™ is a “drop-in” for existing manufacturing with shorter polymerization times and lower processing temperature.  Bottles were injection stretch-blow molded and essentially met or exceeded all performance requirements. Again, BIO-SA™ co-polyesters are a direct drop-in for bottle manufacturers. The next steps are scale-up of the polymerization with a partner, and large scale bottle fabrication trials.  While a 100% bio-PET bottle is 5-10 years in the future, BIO-SA™ is here TODAY with many advantages to PET resins producers.