Tag: paraxylene

World’s first plant-based polyester t-shirt created from Virent’s BioFormPX paraxylene

World’s first plant-based polyester t-shirt created from Virent’s BioFormPX paraxylene

April 25, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, Virent’s BioFormPX paraxylene was used in the world’s first 100% plant-based polyester shirts, demonstrating the potential of bio-based polyester for production of garments and textiles. A key raw material for the production of polyester is paraxylene, which today comes exclusively from crude oil.  Virent’s technology produces BioFormPX paraxylene from plant-based materials, resulting in […]

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Coke invests further in scaling Virent’s paraxylene production for PlantBottle

Coke invests further in scaling Virent’s paraxylene production for PlantBottle

September 9, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Virent’s partnership with Coca Cola is to be extended with an additional investment of an undisclosed amount for Viret to scale up production of the paraxylene chemical which Coca Cola is using in their PlantBottles. The investment will fund purchase and installation of new equipment that is needed to chemically produce and purify […]

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UMass researchers achieve 90% yield of p-xylene from biomass

UMass researchers achieve 90% yield of p-xylene from biomass

June 3, 2013 |

In Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts reports that researchers have found a new way to make p-xylene from lignocellulosic biomass. The researchers reached a 90% yield, which they report is the highest yield accomplished to date. The UMass article quotes chemical engineering researcher Paul Dauenhauer as stating, “The biomass-derived p-xylene can be mixed with petroleum-based […]

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The Jesus Molecule

The Jesus Molecule

December 16, 2011 |

The Coca-Cola Company invests in Gevo, Virent and Avantium partnerships, in the race to develop renewable plastic bottling entirely from renewables. There’s been an awful lot of press this week about progress in the search for the God particle. That’s the subatomic Higgs Boson — a key, but as yet undetected, anchor in the standard […]

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