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Paired Electrochemical Oxidation process for feasible industrial production of the crucial FDCA building block for the bioplastic industry

Project description

A low-cost, sustainable approach to the FDCA production

Switzerland-based company AVA Biochem is the leading producer of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), a building block for many applications in several industries like chemical, pharmaceutical and food. The company has already found a way to produce HMF from biomass, which is 2 000% cheaper than current production methods. With the help of the EU-funded PairElOx project, AVA Biochem will investigate how to obtain 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), a top value-added chemical mostly used for polyethylene furanoate – a polyester ideal for packaging. Researchers aim to develop a continuous, integrated pilot plant for the oxidation of HMF in water with paired electrochemical oxidation to obtain bio-based FDCA. This will be much cheaper than conventional FDCA.

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017

Coordinator

AVA BIOCHEM BSL AG
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
Rothausstrasse 61
4132 Muttenz
Switzerland

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Basel-Landschaft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 50 000,00