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Catalytic Upgrading of Bio-based Furfural to 1,5-Pentanediol: A New Renewable Monomer for the Coatings Industry

by Bruce D Adkins, Canan Karakaya
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ORNL Report
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This report summarizes the results of a collaborative effort between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Pyran™ Inc. to utilize modeling capabilities developed by the CCPC (Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry) to assist Pyran in scaling up its proprietary process for thermocatalytic conversion of furfural to 1,5 pentanediol (PDO). Pyran’s bio-based PDO is a direct replacement for petroleum-based PDO and 1,6 hexanediol (HDO) currently used in polymers, additives, coatings, adhesives and sealants. The current market is in excess of $1B/yr. According to Pyran, their production process results in 95+% reduction in fossil CO2 at lower production costs compared to the existing petroleum-based routes for PDO & HDO. Other chemicals based on intermediates from this process have current markets in excess of $10B/yr. [1]