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Plastic made from corn, developed on a campus in Limburg, the Netherlands. Reverdia is one of the start-ups based on the Chemelot campus in Maastricht. Reporter Flip de Jong from RTL Z takes a closer look.


Recent Publications

Sustainable Succinic Acid

Properties and performance of Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid in microcellular polyurethane elastomers
Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid has been evaluated as alternative for adipic acid in the production of polyester polyols used in microcellular polyurethane (m-PU). It is a unique 100 % bio-based product from Reverdia, the use of which increases the renewable content and reduces the environmental footprint of polyurethane formulations, while maintaining the performance required in many applications. Results from this evaluation indicate that Biosuccinium based polyester polyols can be successfully formulated into microcellular polyurethane systems, without the need for extensive revision of formulations to produce materials with very similar mechanical performance to non-bio-based systems.
PU Magazine – Vol. 11, No. 4 – August/September 2014

Towards large scale fermentative production of succinic
Fermentative production of succinic acid (SA) from renewable carbohydrate feed-stocks can have the economic and sustainability potential to replace petroleum-based production in the future, not only for existing markets, but also new larger volume markets. To accomplish this, extensive efforts have been undertaken in the field of strain construction and metabolic engineering to optimize SA production in the last decade. However, relatively little effort has been put into fermentation process development. The choice for a specific host organism determines to a large extent the process configuration, which in turn influences the environmental impact of the overall process. In the last five years, considerable progress has been achieved towards commercialization of fermentative production of SA. Several companies have demonstrated their confidence about the economic feasibility of fermentative SA production by transferring their processes from pilot to production scale.

The publication concluded that:

  • Direct production of SA in fermentation results in a simpler process route
  • A major advantage of this low pH process is that less unit operations are needed, saving yield losses in the downstream unit operations and investment costs

Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Volume 30, December 2014, Pages 190–197

Yeast-based Route to Succinic Acid is Best
Researchers at the University of Utrecht have shown that a low-pH yeast route to succinic acid has the lowest environmental impact in terms of energy use and carbon emissions. Download PDF.
ICIS Chemical Business, 9-15 Dec. 2013 

Sustainable Succinic Acid - Improving the Environmental Footprint
Bio-Based Building Blocks - The need to reduce dependency on fossil resources, a growing world population and an increased concern for the environment are driving companies to supplement oil-based chemicals with plant-based, sustainable, high-quality chemical building blocks. Download PDF.
CHEManager Europe, Oct. 31, 2013

Biosuccinium™ sustainable succinic acid in TPU applications - Effect on chemical resistance (EnglishGerman, Russian)
This article demonstrates that TPUs based on Biosuccinium™ have been found to show excellent resistance to a set of chemicals that are commonly used in the industry.
FAPU, European Polyurethane Journal, May 2013.

Susterra 1,3-丙二醇和Biosuccinium可持续性琥珀酸在 TPU中的应用及其性质性能评价

Biosuccinium for sustainable materials
The need to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, a growing world population and an increased concern for the environment are driving companies to supplement oil-based chemicals with plant-based, sustainable, high quality chemical building blocks. Among the companies active in this field is Reverdia, a JV between DSM and Roquette Frères, which produces the Biosuccinium band of bio-based succinic acid (bio-SA).
Specialty Chemicals Magazine, volume 33, No. 3 March 2013, pg. 25 -26.

Evaluating the properties and performance of Susterra 1,3-propanediol and Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid in TPU applications
Susterra propanediol (PDO) and Biosuccinium sustainable succinic acid (SA) have been evaluated as potential alternatives for 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and adipic acid (AA) in polyester polyols for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). Biosuccinium and Susterra are unique 100 % bio-based offerings from their respective suppliers, Reverdia and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.
 PU Magazine international, PU Magazine and TPE Magazine international, February/March 2013

Veelzijdig barnsteenzuur in trek (Multipurpose succinic acid in demand) - article in Dutch
De omzetting van suikers in barnsteenzuur is goed voor flinke investeringen in de industriele biotechnologie. Nu moet het de belofte als vervanger voor tal van petrochemische bouwstenen echt gaan waarmaken.
C2W magazine, no.6, 12 April 2013, pg. 16-19.

Green chemistry will help reach sustainable ambitions
The commercialisation of a bio-based succinic acid brand-named Biosuccinium™ moves up a gear with the completion later this year of the world’s first large-scale commercial production plant in Italy. Its driving force Reverdia sees packaging materials as one of many diverse sectors that can benefit from the product’s sustainable profile.
PACKAGINGFILMS 2-2012, p 60-61

A sustainable supply of succinic acid
The need to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, a growing world population and an increased concern for the environment are driving companies to supplement oil-based chemicals with plant-based, sustainable, high-quality chemical building blocks. Reverdia™, a company backed up by DSM + Roquette, produces the sustainable succinic acid Biosuccinium™ with proprietary green technology. It enables customers to produce bio-based, high-quality performance materials while at the same time substantially improving their environmental footprint.
Euro Biotech News, Nº 11-12, Volume 10, 2011, p. 70-71

JV partners tout packaging potential of bio-based succinic acid
A proprietary new form of bio-based succinic acid has ‘enormous potential’ as a building block in plastic food packaging, said DSM and Roquette as the European Commission gave the green light for their joint venture to produce the material., 21 December 2011

Hitting a New Stride
The biorefining sector is poised for commercial scale-up as funding strategies mature and production capacity grows.
Biorefining Magazine, 21 November 2011


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