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Succinic acid: A new platform chemical for biobased polymers from renewable resources

: Bechthold, I.; Bretz, K.; Kabasci, S.; Kopitzky, R.; Springer, A.

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Created on: 4.7.2008

Chemical Engineering and Technology 31 (2008), No.5, pp.647-654
ISSN: 0930-7516
ISSN: 1521-4125
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()
succinic acid; bioplastic; derivative; biorefinery; fermentation; chemical composition; state of the art; biopolymer; renewable resource; Bernsteinsäure; Biokunststoff; Derivat; Bioraffinerie; Vergärung; chemische Zusammensetzung; Stand der Technik; erneuerbare Ressource

Succinic acid is predicted to be one of the future platform chemicals that can be derived from renewable resources. The improvements in biotechnological succinic acid production are presented. Chemical conversion pathways to Gamma-butyrolactone, tetrahydrofuran, 1,4-butanediole, and pyrrolidones are reviewed. An overview of possible new biopolymers (e. g. polyesters, polyamides, and poly(ester amide)s) based on succinic acid and its derivatives is given. Nevertheless, industrial processes using purified succinic acid from fermentation broths are not state of the art yet. Further improvements are needed until succinic acid-based chemical production will be economically favorable.