9-15 December 2013 | ICIS Chemical Business

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.

Bio-based succinic acid is starting to attract attention as a versatile renewable raw material in the production of a number of polymers and chemicals, notably 1,4-butanediol, the biodegradable polymer polybutylene succinate (PBS), resins, phthalate-free plasticisers and polyester polyols for polyurethanes.

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