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AkzoNobel and Photanol develop chemical compounds of the future

Thursday, 18 September 2014

AkzoNobel and Photanol have teamed up to develop a process for harnessing the power of the sun to make chemicals.

AkzoNobel and Photanol will start by developing a number of specific chemicals. Source: Pefkos/Fotolia

AkzoNobel and Photanol will start by developing a number of specific chemicals. Source: Pefkos/Fotolia

The two companies will work on creating a sustainable technology which mimics the way plants use photosynthesis. The aim is to produce "green" chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production.

The collaboration is focused on Photanol's existing proprietary technology, which uses light to directly convert CO2 from the air into predetermined raw materials such as acetic acid and butanol. The only by-product is oxygen. The two companies will start by developing a number of specific chemicals that are currently used by AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals Business Area. The partnership is intended to be a stepping stone for potential commercial production of fourth generation biobased chemicals.

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