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Biosynthetic motor oil nears commercial production

California-based Biosynthetic Technologies, in partnership with catalyst chemistry company Albemarle, started operations of their biosynthetic oils demonstration production plant within Albemarle’s existing Baton Rouge facility. Working with the USDA, Biosynthetic Technologies has developed a new, high performance, bio-based “drop-in” synthetic oils known as estolides as alternative to petroleum used in motor oils and industrial lubricants.

Biosynthetic Technologies is now moving forward with development of a full-scale commercial production plant. Locations are being evaluated, including locations in the company’s home state of California.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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