• 13:45-14:30
  • Zaal 1
  • Keynote

The future of plastics. High potential polyesters from biomass and CO2

  • Gert-Jan Gruter
  • University of Amsterdam

• Instead of producing renewable versions of molecules that we use today (drop-in) such as bio-based ethylene, propylene and para-xylene (for PET monomer terephthalic acid), we will make use of the structure already present in carbohydrates (and CO2) when developing new monomers. These oxygenates will also be the lower cost products from renewable feedstock. In addition, polycondensates (such as polyesters) are designed for (closed-loop) recycling as these polymers can always be converted back to the monomers (which is not possible for the polyolefins such as PE, PP and PS).
• New materials with unique properties, based on sugar and CO2 feedstock such as FDCA (furan dicarboxylic acid), isosorbide, oxalic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid will be discussed as examples.