Bio-Based Materials

Examining the Increasing Use of Bio-Based Materials

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Meanwhile, a large number of research activities are taking place for developing biomaterials. Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore have discovered a new chemical process that can convert adipic acid directly from sugar. Adipic acid is an important chemical used to produce nylon for apparels and other products like carpets, ropes and toothbrush bristles. Commercially, adipic acid is produced from petroleum-based chemicals through the nitric acid oxidation process, which emits large amount of nitrous oxides.

Like chemical and energy industries, packaging industry is making efforts to go green with its materials. Tetra Pak has recently launched bio-based opening for gable top packages. This is manufactured using high density polyethylene derived from sugarcane.

* The author is Assistant Editor of Vogel Business Media India