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Production of biobased acrylic acid shifts into new gear [Registered]

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes recently announced the achievement of an important milestone in their joint development of technologies (which commenced in August 2012) to produce biobased acrylic acid from by successfully demonstrating the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) in pilot scale. 3-HP is a renewable-based building block and one possible chemical precursor to acrylic acid. The companies also have successfully established several technologies to dehydrate 3-HP to acrylic acid at lab scale. This step in the process is critical since it is the foundation for production of acrylic acid. “3-HP is a potential key raw material for the production of…

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