A Dutch multinational agro-food company having a core business in beet sugar (sucrose) has developed a technology to produce fructose with less than 1% glucose as “impurity”. The company is looking for partners in the chemical industry interested in developing chemical routes for novel applications of this very pure biobased feedstock in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement, a joint venture or a manufacturing agreement.
This request is part of an open innovation challenge.
A Dutch multinational company specialised in the production of chemical components from beet sugar (sucrose) has developed a technology to produce fructose with less than 1% glucose as “impurity”.
A 90% purity fructose (F90) is commercially available on a large scale (95% purity (F95) as well on a more limited scale) and is used for all sorts of food applications (e.g. diabetic sweets) but the content of glucose (as primary “impurity”) could make this quality unsuitable as feedstock for chemical conversions.
The company developed a new more purified quality of fructose, F99, where glucose is hardly present. Before a possible upscaling, it is important for the company to know how its cost price relates to the added value due to purity in various chemical conversion routes.
The company is seeking (strategic) partners who place very high demands on the purity of fructose (>>95%) as a raw material in chemistry.
A possible supply chain could be for example Fructose -> HydroxyMethylFurfural (HMF) -> FuranDiCarboxylic Acid (FDCA) -> polyesters and other polymers.
Questions are for example: Are there any chemical routes requiring the use of high purity fructose as a feedstock that justify a premium compared to the current price of F90/F95? Which contaminants in a fructose feedstock lead to the most significant drawbacks in these chemical routes and what is the nature and impact of these drawbacks?
Examples of such drawbacks could be lower yields, contamination of catalysts, additional process steps and/or the difficulty to reach the needed purity of the conversion product.
The company is looking for (strategic) partners in the chemical industry who are interested in developing chemical routes for innovative applications of this very pure biobased feedstock in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement.
In the case of industrial partners interested in a deeper and continuous collaboration, the company may consider to start a joint venture or a manufacturing agreement.
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- Type of partner sought: Companies or research centres with competences in organic chemistry, chemical catalysis, (polymer)chemistry and technological and industrial knowledge of the sectors named above.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The ideal partners are companies or research centres with competences in organic chemistry, chemical catalysis, (polymer)chemistry and technological and industrial knowledge of the sectors named above.
Role of the partner: to develop and test new manufacturing solutions.
Available for demonstration - Before a possible upscaling, it is important for the company to know how its cost price relates to the added value due to purity in various chemical conversion routes.
Secret Know-how,Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted - Since this request is subject of an open innovation challenge the IPR status will be taken into account and be discussed. The technology could be patented in a wide range of possible countries/regions, with their eligibility for this call available for discussion.
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