London – Johnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia have started-up a mini-plant to make glucaric acid from glucose using jointly developed technology, the firms said in a statement.
Glucaric acid can be used to make polyester polyols, which is used in the manufacture of a range of urethane polymers, including TPU (thermoplastics polyurethane) elastomers.
"We are delighted to confirm the successful, on time start-up of the 1st phase of the mini-plant based on the jointly developed technology for the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid.
The mini-plant is located at the Johnson Matthey Process Technologies R&D Center in Stockton, England” said David Prest, managing director of Johnson Matthey Process Technologies Chemicals Business.
The partners said in a statement that they will use the information generated by the mini plant to help them design and build commercial-scale facilities for future licensees.