There is tremendous potential in producing chemicals such as malic acid and other C4 dicarboxylic acids from biobased materials. The need for sustainable alternatives to oil-based chemicals is growing due to concerns about oil scarcity, increasing oil prices, and forecast shortages given shale gas dynamics.
Novozymes recently succeeded in developing a commercially viable microorganism for producing C4 dicarboxylic acids such as malic acid from biobased materials. We are now looking for partners to realize the promising potential of these C4 acids.
Multiple applications for malic, fumaric, and succinic acids
C4 dicarboxylic acids (malic acid, fumaric acid and succinic acid) are used in the food and beverages market where they are primarily applied as flavor enhancers. However, C4 dicarboxylic acids can be further converted into derivatives such as BDO (1.4-butanediol), THF (tetrahydrofuran), and GBL (γ-butyrolactone), which are used in the manufacturing of many everyday products. A wide variety of plastic, polymer, and resin materials are manufactured using these chemicals.
Using biobased materials to produce plastics and polymers from C4 dicarboxylic acids like malic acid means less dependence on oil - a resource that contributes to global warming and is destined to run out one day. Eliminating oil from the process also means reduced CO2 emissions and more stable prices.
Become a partner
We believe that partnerships are the best way to realize the promising potential of the future biochemicals business – building on complementary competences, sharing risks and benefits. We are interested in partnering with established chemical companies with production and commercialization capabilities.