Production of phenolic monomers
The production of vanillin, used in various applications such as food flavoring, and perfumes, etc faces significant challenges.
Food-grade vanillin, traditionally derived from costly vanilla beans, is prohibitively expensive for non-food applications.
Furthermore, non-food vanillin is currently manufactured from petroleum-based guaiacol,
creating environmental concerns and increasing reliance on fossil fuels.
Producing Phenolic Monomers
Biobased Vanillin Production:
Our primary solution revolves around the development of a divergent catalytic technology capable of producing biobased vanillin. This innovative approach aims to extract vanillin from biopolymers, such as cellulose and lignin, which are abundantly available in biomass sources.
Unlike the conventional method of extracting vanillin from expensive vanilla beans, our solution offers a sustainable, cost-effective alternative.
Biobased vanillin plays a pivotal role in advancing the bioeconomy. It serves as a foundational component, known as a platform chemical, for various specialty chemicals and processes. This not only promotes the development of eco-friendly products but also reduces dependence on petroleum-based resources.
Our solution aligns with the broader goals of the bio-economy, which emphasizes sustainability, resource efficiency, and reduced environmental impact.
By enabling the production of biobased vanillin, we contribute to a greener and more economically viable future.
Flexible and Scalable:
The technology we are developing offers flexibility and scalability in its application. It is not limited to a specific type of biomass or a particular composition of biopolymers like cellulose and lignin. This adaptability ensures that our solution can be employed with diverse biomass sources, accommodating variations in material composition.
It underscores our commitment to promoting sustainability and scalability as key elements of our solution.