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Covestro develops bio-based aniline

I’ve written a more comprehensive analysis of Covestro’s development of bio-based aniline at Tecnon OrbiChem’s September Biomaterials issue.

According to Covestro, about 5m tons/year of petro-based aniline is produced worldwide and the company is a leading producer with a capacity of about 1m tons/year, for use largely as a precursor for rigid polyurethane foam.  Covestro has developed a 100% bio-based aniline using biomass feedstock.  The company plans to further develop the new fermentation process together with partners from the University of Stuttgart, the CAT Catalytic Center at RWTH Aachen University, and Bayer AG.

Current petro-based aniline is derived from benzene. For the past few years, Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) has been very active in the development of bio-based materials and chemical intermediates.

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.


2 Responses to “Covestro develops bio-based aniline”

  1. I am glad you are doing better. I closely follow your blog. Something must have happened in your absence. I missed the new posts as the newsletter failed to be sent to my email address.

    Posted by Nima | September 14, 2017, 11:31 am

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