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Ascenix BioTechnologies develops hazard-free biobased methylmethacrylate production process [Registered]

The US startup Ascenix BioTechnologies will perfect and commercialize production methods to synthesize substitute petro-chemicals from sugars derived from corn, sugarcane and crop residues. The startup predicts this new biobased process, developed by University of Minnesota researchers, will be more economical and environmentally friendly. The core technology is claimed to revolutionize production of certain chemicals, as it would require little modification to existing downstream manufacturing processes to enact. Invented by Kechun Zhang, a chemical engineering and materials science professor in the U’s College of Science and Engineering, the process yields chemicals comparable in performance to those created using petroleum-based materials.…

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