Canada's Syntec to develop catalysts to produce bio-butanol, bio-propanol

Syntec Biofuel Inc., Canada-headquartered renewable energy company is launching a research program to develop catalysts and processes to produce Bio-butanol and Bio-propanol from biomass. The new 3-year R&D initiative will run in parallel with company's catalyst development. The company will be seeking strategic financial partners to support the estimated costs of US$2.5 mln. Butanol is used as a solvent and as a chemical intermediate in thousands of consumer products while propanol plays an important role as a solvent in the plastics & polymers, pharmaceutical, paint and cosmetic industries. It is also used as a carrier and extraction solvent for wide range of natural products. Syntec has, since 2001, successfully developed catalysts to convert biomass and MSW into ethanol, methanol and higher order alcohols; currently, boasting one of the highest yields in the world (110 gpt).
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