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News daily upated news at Eastman licenses proprietary FDCA technology to Origin Materials Eastman Chemical Company and Origin Materials (formerly known as Micromidas) have entered into a non-exclusive license agreement for Eastman to license its proprietary 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid (“FDCA”) and FDCA derivatives production technology from renewable resources to Origin Materials. Origin also recently purchased an oxidation pilot plant from Eastman that will enable Sacramento-based company to demonstrate the licensed technology. Terms of the license agreement and pilot plant sale were not disclosed. FDCA has been identified by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the top 12 bio-based building blocks, and can be converted into a number of high-value chemicals or materials. FDCA can be used to produce polymer resins, films, and fibers and as a building block for plasticizers. The largest initial FDCA applications are expected to be to make 100 percent bio-based plastics, such as polyethylene furanoate (PEF) for beverage containers and food packaging. Eastman has developed key technologies for economically competitive conversion of 5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural (5- HMF) and its derivatives to crude FDCA, polymer grade FDCA and polymer grade dimethylfuran-2,5-dicarboxylate (DMF). Eastman’s technology is broadly flexible in terms of feedstocks and provides efficient production of crude FDCA, polymer grade FDCA and polymer grade DMF. “Eastman’s technology provides robust and multiple integrated engineering options for commercialization,” said Eastman’s Damon Warmack, senior vice president of Corporate Development and Chemical Intermediates. “This agreement leverages the world-class FDCA production technologies we have developed over the last several years.” Eastman is actively pursuing a broad intellectual property strategy with dozens of U.S. and foreign patents awarded or pending. John Bissell, CEO of Origin Materials, said the company is excited bythe opportunities created by this licensing agreement. “This technology will enable us to produce FDCA monomer, which can then be used by our customers to develop PEF bottles, films and other plastics from our intermediate chemicals,” said Bissell. MT Picks & clicks Most frequently clicked news Here’s a look at our most popular online content of the past two months. The story that got the most clicks from the visitors to was: PLA that can take the heat (01 Sept 2017) Fibers of a corn-derived, biodegradable plastic developed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska researchers and their colleagues have demonstrated a new technique for improving the properties of bio-plastic that could also streamline its manufacturing, making it more competitive with petroleumb a s e d counterparts. Introducing a simple step to the production of plantderived, biodegrada-ble plastic could im-prove its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University... more at 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/17] Vol. 12 HEXPOL TPE

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