New building block: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Dupont, ADM’s novel FDME pathway

January 19, 2016 |

This week, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new “breakthrough process” in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st century with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials”, the companies said in a joint release.

It’s FDME, or furan dicarboxylic methyl ester, with applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and many other industries.

One of the first polymers under development utilizing FDME is polytrimethylene furandicarboxylate (PTF), a novel polyester also made from DuPont’s proprietary Bio-PDO (1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100-percent renewable and recyclable polymer that, when used to make bottles and other beverage packages, substantially improves gas-barrier properties compared to other polyesters. This makes PTF a great choice for customers in the beverage packaging industry looking to improve the shelf life of their products. Here’s DuPont’s look at the molecule, its applications, and some background from PatentWorld on whose been working on what, and why.

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