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  • The platform chemicals concept is to establish routes from biomass to new and existing petrochemical products.
  • These are the basic building blocks for the basic petrochemical industry, which produces a wide variety of commodity chemicals. These commodity or bulk chemicals, in turn, are used for an even wider array of fine chemicals and polymers.
  • There are two main ways to produce equivalent platform chemicals to those from fossil derived sources: Arriving to the same chemical structure or finding a chemical that can perform the same duties.
  • Advances in biotechnology are enabling the optimization of feedstock composition and agronomic characteristics and the development of new and improved fermentation organisms for conversion of biomass to new end products or intermediates.
  • The hydrogen and carbon containing platform chemicals are either used as solvents (e.g. benzene, toluene), as starting material for polymers (e.g. ethylene, propylene, butadiene) or are further functionalised with elements such as oxygen, nitrogen or chlorine.
  • The production of chemicals from biomass presents higher mass and carbon theoretical efficiency, and it seems an interesting alternative to provide a renewable path for globally and widely demanded platform chemicals like phenols, solvents (Acetone), soft plastic precursor (Polyethylene) and hard plastic precursor (Polypropylene).
  • Industrial biobased products have enormous potential in the chemical and material industries. The diversity of biomass feedstocks (sugars, oils, protein, lignocellulosics), combined with the numerous biochemical and thermochemical conversion technologies, can provide a wealth of products that can be used in many applications.
  • Research has shown that a number of the platform chemicals that supply advanced manufacturing may be generated from biological sources . The chemical products that can be derived from the biorefinery have the potential to become a significant part of Canada’s economy in the future. The potential Canadian market for industrial chemical bioproducts has been estimated at about $1.7 billion/year.
  • Investment in renewable chemicals is increasing. Many companies have been working for years to move promising laboratory-based technologies that convert renewable feedstocks into value-added commodity and specialty products into commercial-scale production.
  • The polymer market is currently the strongest area for renewable chemicals investment. With a polylactic acid (PLA) production capacity of 140,000 tonnes per year, Natureworks is the leading global producer of synthetic bio-based polymers.
  • The market for (bulk) chemicals is about one billion tonnes per year. About one quarter of this volume are functionalized and may be produced from plants in one way or the other.
  • If 20 % of the harvested plants components are used to obtain platform chemicals, the other 80% may be converted to transport fuel e.g. ethanol and what cannot be converted can be used to make biogas or burnt directly to electricity.
  • The Biorefinery: Platform chemical production from low cost sustainable raw materials
  • Life cycle assessment of platform chemicals from fossil and lignocellulosic biomass scenarios
  • Industrial crop platforms for the production of chemicals and biopolymers
  • Feedstock
  • A method to compare process alternatives using different economic scenarios
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilization
  • Platform chemicals from Biomass
  • Biomass for the dutch chemical industry
  • The biofine process
  • Efficient purification of succinic acid
  • Direct Fermentation of Green Energy Plants to Platform Chemicals


  • UK expertise for exploitation of Biomass based platform chemicals
  • Plaxica raises further 5million pound to advance biopolymer and platform chemical technology
  • Biorefinery, the bridge between agriculture and chemistry
  • Assessment of current activity in the production of platform chemicals from renewable sources
  • Biorenewable chemicals world market
  • Market for butanediol
  • Bio-based Chemicals Market $7 Billion by 2015
  • Biorenewable chemicals market to be worth US$6.8 bln by 2015 at a CAGR of 22.8%
  • Global Renewable Chemicals Market Worth US$59.1 billion by 2014


  • Wageningen scientists develop plants that sustainably produce ‘platform chemicals’
  • Production of Platform chemicals
  • Industrial Biotechnology for the production of fine and platform chemicals
  • Feasibility of co-producing arabinoxylans and ethanol in a wheat biorefinery
  • Medium and Long term opportunities and risks of the Biotechnological production of bulk chemicals from renewable resources
  • Platform Chemicals from an Oilseed Biorefinery


  • Process for converting polysaccharides in an inorganic molten salt hydrate
  • Biomass refining by selective chemical reactions
  • Method of Digesting Cellulose to Glucose using Salts and Microwave energy
  • Process for the Conversion of Lipid - Containing Biomass
  • Polypeptides having Cellobiohydrolase II Activity
  • Anaerobic Process


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  • Exploring Hydrothermal Reactions From Prebiotic Synthesis to Green Chemistry
  • Manufacturing High Value Chemicals through Industrial Biotechnology
  • Biorefineries of the future
  • Hydroprocessing of biomass derived pyrolysis oil
  • Platform biochemicals for a biorenewable chemical industry
  • Petron awarded Ethanol to Ethylene project in Taiwan
  • Platform chemicals from Lignocellulosic biomass
  • Biorefinery
  • Market research report
  • A Biorefining Centre of Excellence for Wales
  • BASF Grooms Bio-Based Succinic Acid


  • Manufacturing new platform chemicals
  • Succinic acid – producing a green platform chemical with biotech
  • Succinic acid
  • Opportunities in the Industrial
    Biobased Products Industry
  • Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli for direct production of 1,4-butanediol
  • Process intensifid technology for converting Co2 to platform chemicals
  • Sector group intelligent energy


  • Utilisation of glycerol to platform chemicals within the biorefinery concept
  • Platform chemicals from renewable raw materials
  • The potential of bioconversion to produce fuels and chemicals
  • Alternative petrochemical feedstocks
  • Biomass-Derived Platform Chemicals: Thermodynamic Studies on the Conversion of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural into Bulk Intermediates


  • Acetic acid
  • Acrylic acid
  • Butanediol
  • Glycerol
  • Lactic acid
  • Propionic acid
  • Succinic acid

Company profiles

  • Company from Germany
  • Another Company from Germany
  • Company from Minneapolis
  • Company from India
  • Company from Poland
  • Company from Canada
  • Company from U.S.A


  • Consultancy from U.K
  • Consultancy from Ireland
  • Consultancy from Denmark
  • Consultancy from Germany
  • Beamex consultant
  • Consultant market

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