Yokohama claims biomass isoprene breakthrough

Tokyo – The Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) has claimed to have developed “the world’s first technology” capable of producing isoprene from a biomass efficiently .

The new breakthrough was achieved in a joint research with Japanese research institute Riken and materials supplier Zeon Corp., YRC said in a 26 July statement.

Isoprene is a raw material in the production of synthetic rubber and is currently produced as a by-product of naphtha pyrolysis.

YRC, Riken and Zeon began their joint research in 2013 and discovered a new isoprene-synthesising process using…

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