Dr. Martijn Hackmann, Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands will be speaking at Thermoplastic Elastomers 2014 and sharing insights on biorefinery of biomass feedstock; routes to green chemical building blocks for biobased plastics; R&D and market developments and building economic and sustainable value chains. Dr. Hackmann gave us a sneak preview into what he'll be talking about:
The final breakthrough for green chemicals is at hand, since the production technologies have become more advanced in recent years. In this transition the industry is taking the lead, having found in biomass a sustainable and high-quality alternative to petroleum. Sugars are already named as the "new naphta", the new feedstock for the chemical industry. These green chemical building blocks enable the production of biobased plastics, of which the new generation shows that they are able to compete with petrochemical plastics in terms of performance. In principle it is, or will be, possible to produce all presently used plastics from biomass. An overview on the possible biobased processes for chemical production of some key green building blocks is presented, together with the stage of development of chemicals and biobased plastics. Besides technology readiness, factors that determine the economic feasibility are important to be taken into account.
Food and Biobased Research is a leading player in this field, as we have been developing biobased chemicals and materials from biobased feedstocks for over 20 years. We develop with our industrial customers new biorefinery-, fermentation- and bioconversion technologies in order to create a variety of building blocks for the production of biobased plastics.