Global nylon producer INVISTA and biotechnology firm LanzaTech on Monday
signed a joint development agreement focused on bio-based
According to the deal, INVISTA and LanzaTech will
collaborate on projects to develop one-step and
two-step technologies to convert industrial waste gas carbon monoxide into butadiene, the
Initial commercialization is expected in 2016.
The collaboration will initially focus on the production of
butadiene in a two-step process from LanzaTech CO-derived
2,3-butanediol (2,3 BDO), according to the companies.
A direct single-step process will also be developed to
produce butadiene directly through a process of gas
Additionally, INVISTA and LanzaTech will collaborate on the
joint development of tools that will allow the extension of the
technology for the direct production
of other industrial chemicals, including nylon intermediates,
from carbon monoxide containing waste
gases, utilizing LanzaTechs gas fermentation technology and proprietary
INVISTA says it is building internal biotechnical capability
to develop biological routes to its products and feedstocks.
As we seek innovative solutions to increase the global
supply of butadiene, we believe developing a cost competitive
biological route to butadiene will help assure ample supply and
reduce price volatility, said Bill Greenfield, executive
vice president of INVISTAs nylon intermediates
Butadiene is an intermediate chemical used in the production
of synthetic rubber and various plastics. It is also a key
chemical used by INVISTA in its proprietary, butadiene-based
adiponitrile (ADN) production technologies. ADN is an
intermediate chemical used in the manufacture of nylon 6,6.
This collaboration is an important next step toward
our vision of a diversified fuels and chemical portfolio,
said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech.
Joining forces with INVISTAs world-class
research team will enable us to accelerate the
commercialization of a biological route to butadiene, further
demonstrating that gas fermentation is an important route for
the production of both fuels and chemicals.
LanzaTech currently operates a 15,000 gal/year pilot
facility at a steel mill in New Zealand, where it produces ethanol and 2,3 BDO from waste carbon monoxide gas.
In Shanghai, China, LanzaTechs 100,000 gal/year
demonstration facility uses waste gases from a Baosteel steel
mill to produce ethanol.