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Game-changing DuPont & ADM breakthrough delivers huge bio-based boost.

DuPont_ADMA collaboration between DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced a game-changing technological breakthrough a process that can develop a molecule that can be converted into a number of high-value, bio-based chemicals or materials that can be used across number of applications.It has long been sought-after and researched, but has not yet been available at commercial scale and at reasonable cost. Until now that is. This breakthrough has the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21stcentury with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials. The technology has applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and many other industries.

DuPont and ADM have developed a method for producing furan dicarboxylic methyl ester(FDME) from fructose. FDME is a high-purity derivative offurandicarboxylic acid(FDCA), one of the 12 building blocks identified by the U.S. Department of Energy that can be converted into a number of high-value, bio-based chemicals or materials that can deliver high performance in a number of applications. The new FDME technology is a more efficient and simple process than traditional conversion approaches and results in higher yields, lower energy usage and lower capital expenditures.

This partnership brings together ADMs world-leading expertise in fructose production, and carbohydrate chemistry with DuPonts biotechnology, chemistry, materials and applications expertise, all backed by a strong joint intellectual-property portfolio.

This molecule is a game-changing platform technology. It will enable cost-efficient production of a variety of 100 percent renewable, high-performance chemicals and polymers with applications across a broad range of industries, said Simon Herriot, global business director for biomaterials at DuPont. ADM is an agribusiness powerhouse with strong technology development capabilities.They are the ideal partner with which to develop this new, renewable supply chain for FDME.

One of the first polymers under development utilizing FDME ispolytrimethylene furandicarboxylate(PTF), a novel polyester also made fromDuPonts proprietary Bio-PDO(1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100-percent renewable and recyclable polymer that, when used to make bottles and other beverage packages, substantially improves gas-barrier properties compared to other polyesters. This makes PTF a great choice for customers in the beverage packaging industry looking to improve the shelf life of their products.

We are excited about the potential FDME has to help our customers reach new markets and develop better-performing products, all made from sustainable, bio-based starting materials, said Kevin Moore, president, renewable chemicals at ADM. With their strong leadership in the biomaterials industry, DuPont is a great partner that can help us bring this product to market for our customers.

ADM and DuPont are taking the initial step in the process of bringing FDME to market by moving forward on the scale-up phase of the project. The two companies are planning to build an integrated 60 ton-per-year demonstration plant in Decatur, Ill., which will provide potential customers with sufficient product quantities for testing and research.For more information about this project, please visit:click here.

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