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Rhodia and CTBE to develop bio-based chemistry based on sugarcane

April 28/2012
(chemicals-technology) -- Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay, and Brazil's National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) have joined forces to develop chemical routes and processes to acquire molecules of a high added value from sugarcane biomass.

The research, which will be carried out at CTBE, will focus on the development of chemical blocks now used in various applications and markets that the Solvay Group operates in, to replace non-renewable sources with biomass for the production of these substances.

CTBE research head Maria Teresa Barbosa said that the technologies will be developed on a laboratorial scale for the first two years, followed by improvements at CTBE's process development pilot plant.
Barbosa further said that the project in bio-based chemistry will also comprise computational simulations at the virtual sugarcane bio-refinery (BVC).

Rhodia will offer its proficiency in the chemical sector to develop new routes to high added-value molecules.
The Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES), Brazil's state-owned development bank, will provide USD3.7mln  over three years for the project.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:Solvay.
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