CO2 as resource for specialty chemicals:
What makes it difficult for industry

November 2015. Conversion of CO2 to valuable specialty chemicals (e.g. 3-hydroxy isobutyric acid, 3-HIBA) appears to be an exercise of translating available scientific research. Wonderful, if such a process is based on removing toxic waste (e.g. flue gases from steel works).

But, how to select and optimise one out of many promising microorganisms? What if, biotechnology, and even chemistry do not suffice to provide for efficiency and competitiveness of CO2 capture, storage, or finally conversion (e.g. by syngas)?

In the exclusive interview with B2Bioworld Peter Nagler, Head of International Innovation Evonik Industries answers challenging questions on provides an outlook beyond COP21 at Paris.


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- Includes current data on Germany’s CO2 production from industrial processes (e.g. Iron and Steel, or Cement); details on Evonik’s 2-HIBA producing microorganism, overview on bio-based glycerol used as platform chemical, and experimental data on fermenting with different CO2 purities

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