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Producing polymers from CO2

Monday, 25 January 2010

Royal DSM N.V.and Novomer Inc.have signed an agreement to jointly develop a coating resin using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material.

The process is expected to be highly efficient, enabling the replacement of conventional resins in a number of coating applications.

The process is expected to be highly efficient, enabling the replacement of conventional resins in a number of coating applications.

Polycarbonate resins are widely known because of their superior performance and resistances and theoretically could find use in many types of coatings. However, commercial use of conventional types has always been limited due to their cost position and some weaknesses that are inherent in these products. New CO2-based aliphatic polycarbonates to be developed could potentially resolve these weaknesses. The chemistry and process technology for producing polymers from CO2 and propylene oxide (PO) will be developed by Novomer, while DSM will convert the polymers into resins and formulate them for target applications such as coatings, adhesives and graphic arts. Initial results are encouraging and suggest that this project might lead to completely new and improved application properties in coatings. Given the fact that up to 50 percent by weight of CO2 is used as raw material, the production of these resins will result in an improved carbon footprint. The process is also expected to be highly efficient, enabling the replacement of conventional resins in a number of coating applications.

related links:

http://www.dsm.com
http://www.novomer.com

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