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Sustainable and Performance Based Bioplastics and Biopolymers

  • Todd Sutton, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products,
  • Jens Klein, AmSilk,
  • Eelco Blum, Avantium ,
  • Phil Van Trump, Danimer Scientific

Todd Sutton, President, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

Addressing the Challenges in Bringing Biobased Ingredients to Market: A global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading specialty ingredients and solutions company. Our mission is to provide customers with a competitive advantage by offering improved, higher-performing ingredients from a petroleum-free, sustainable and renewable source. We provide solutions for a wide variety of markets and applications through our bio-based performance brands Susterra® and Zemea® propanediol, along with Bio-PDO™, the key ingredient in DuPont™ Sorona® high-performance polymers. This talk will focus on the challenges involved in bringing a new bio-based ingredient or polymer to market and two proven ways to address this challenge. Specific commercial examples will be discussed.

Eelco Blum, Vice President, Business Development, Renewable Chemistries, Avantium

As mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) is a component for making everyday consumer goods, such as PET and PEF plastics and polyester textiles, the development of an environmentally friendly plant-based alternative has strong potential. Avantium has identified a process of making a drop-in MEG from carbohydrates in a single-step, high atom efficiency process which is competitive with petroleum based MEG. The current production processes for bio-based MEG is based on an inefficient ethanol fermentation process, which is too expensive and hampering its widespread use when compared to petrochemical alternatives. Avantium identified a selective catalyst to efficiently split the C6 in glucose in three C2 fragments through a single-step process. The presentation will be focused on a description of the Mekong program, including a view on MEG market dynamics, the need for sustainable and bio-based solutions in the packaging materials space, and the expected steps to commercialization.

Jens Klein, Managing Director/CEO, Amsilk

We are in a golden age of materials, with scientists using the tools of synthetic biology to introduce brand new design and performance possibilities to our materials and products. In order for this new class of materials to achieve commercial success, they must not only be sustainable, but able to compete with conventional alternatives in both scale and performance. A leader in the biofabrication space, AMSilk has pioneered the creation of synthetic silk biopolymers and their use in everything from textiles and personal care to medical devices. Its journey speaks to the challenges and possibilities facing the entire advanced materials industry."

Phil Van Trump, CTO, Danimer Scientific

Offering an alternative to traditional non-degradable plastics used in everyday life. Danimer Scientific, a bio-based, compostable, and biodegradable resin manufacturer.

Polyhydroxyalkanotes (PHA) offer an alternative solution for single use packaging that is renewable and biodegradable. The presentation will be focused on the development

new polymers to the marketplace, the need for degradable packaging, and the role of partnerships in bringing this vision to reality.

  • Date:Tuesday, July 17
  • Time:1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Location:204 A
  • Session Type:Breakout Session
  • BIO Track:Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products
Todd Sutton
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products
Jens Klein
Eelco Blum
Phil Van Trump
Danimer Scientific