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Monoethylene Glycol (MEG) is a commodity chemical used as antifreeze and in the making of plastic for polyester clothes and bottles for water and soda. Iowa Corn has developed a proprietary process for making MEG directly from sugar in one step without the use of fermentation. By avoiding fermentation, we have removed the loss of renewable carbon to CO2 in the production of current biobased MEG via ethanol while increasing the overall atom economy and drastically reducing the process steps; all of which reduce cost to a place where we believe we will competitive in the market against the incumbent fossil fuel-based MEG.

I will share our work to date in developing our thermocatalytic, continuous process through management of a cascade of reactions in a single reactor as well as the case for using corn sugar as a logical feedstock for low cost biobased products. This process is owned by farmers and developed to benefit farmers.

  • Date:Wednesday, July 10
  • Time:3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location:317
  • Session Type:Company and Technical Presentation
  • BIO Track:Renewable Chemicals for a Sustainable Planet
Alex Buck
Iowa Corn