sustainable platform biochemicals
Our microcrystalline cellulose is extracted from sustainably sourced softwood using an environmentally sound ultrasonic process with mild organic acids. It is a partly de polymerised cellulose with shorter, crystalline polymer chains.
Microcrystalline cellulose has strong binding properties making it one of the most used fillers and excipients in pharmaceutical formulations, personal care, food and beverage applications. It also has wide ranging technical applications.
A high purity natural lignin with a low molecular weight (<1000g/mol) and soluble in a range of commonly available solvents. It is extracted from spruce softwood using an environmentally friendly ultrasonic process.
Nature’s binder, lignin acts as glue between wood cells binding them together providing structural integrity and compression resistance. Lignin is also hydrophobic, and has innate flame retardancy, anti-microbial and UV resistant properties. An aromatic polymer, lignin is the only potential bio-sourced replacement for petrochemical phenol, which is widely used in resins and composites.
Bio-Sep’s natural lignin is reactive and ultra low sulfur making it superior to kraft lignin for use in materials, resins, coatings and chemical additives.
There are wide applications for hemicellulose sugars as platform biochemicals. Potential value chains include dehydration to furfural. Furfural is widely used in furan resins where it demonstrates value-add properties such as corrosion resistance, thermosetting, and physical resistance.
The rare sugars mannose, xylose and arabinose are considered nutraceutical with a low GI impact; and can be used for reduced calorie sugar applications. Hemicellulose sugars can also be converted to alcohols, xylitol and sorbitol for pharmaceuticals, dental care, and food and beverage applications.
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