Green Polymers and Nanomaterials with ScCO2
While tons of CO2 is discharged annually at the effluent of many large chemical and petrochemical industries making CO2 one of the biggest environmental hazards, we think of it as a feedstock to produce chemicals with high values. From synthesis of highly dispersed catalytic nanoparticles to biopolymers and composites, we make use of CO2 diversely either as a non-toxic synthesis medium or a reactant for fixation into other chemical products. This way, we aim to not only have a more economical global industry but also build a greener environment!
Biopolymers and Composites from bio-based renewals
FeyeCon has used its knowledge to developed a continuous process for production of biopolymers and polycarbonates via catalytic fixation of CO2, as a compound that is often treated as an industrial waste. This process converts CO2 and bio-based renewables into high value-added chemicals such as polymerizable monomers, coating paints, non-polar solvents, additives for cosmetics and constituent in soaps. Moreover, it is possible to recover and reuse the catalyst. The highly efficient integrated process removes the dependency on fossil fuels on the long run and increases the energy efficiency to create a reduction in CO2 emissions, next to augmented product yield.
Synthesis of Catalysts & Nano-Porous Materials
Having unique solvating power for many organometallic precursors under mild operating conditions, supercritical CO2 is an excellent solvent for catalyst synthesis. In addition, the key to a long-term performance of a porous catalytic support is to extract the liquid from the pores without cracking and shrinkage of the solid structure during drying. This individual process is known to play an important role in the final properties and activity of nano- and mesostructured catalysts. FeyeCon replaces the time-consuming and inefficient conventional drying methods with drying in supercritical CO2. FeyeCon’ s pore expansion technique allows for synthesis of porous structures with tunable pore size, hence offering a significant enhancement in the final catalytic properties.
Renewal Material for Automotive Industry
Sustainable innovations in the automotive field are at the forefront of product development for replacing non-renewable materials with low-impact and recyclable substitutes. FeyeCon has the green methods in place to effectively process renewable biomass and catalytically convert it to biopolymers that could be used for automotive interiors. Ceramic-based composites produced by impregnation of metal oxide into polymers under supercritical CO2 condition, as well as modified biopolymers such as PLA are being developed aiming to boost strength, durability and thermal resistance. As such we pioneer innovation, resource efficiency and environmental compliance for the automotive industry.