Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PairElOx (Paired Electrochemical Oxidation process for feasible industrial production of the crucial FDCA building block for the bioplastic industry)
Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2018-07-31
The objective of AVA Biochem is to take advantage of its leading position in 5-HMF to become the 1st worldwide supplier of FDCA while contributing to the electrification of the EU chemical industry.
A detailed analysis of the main stakeholders along the entire new value chain to be generated and major players and potential clients/partnerships have been identified.
Diverse approaches for the oxidation of HFM to FDCA have been developed. However, the conversion is usually incomplete resulting in the formation of undesired (“chain stopper”) mono-carboxylated furan derivatives. Furthermore, the chemical approaches have, to date, not resulted in large-scale production processes for FDCA providing a major restriction for its application. The paired electrosynthesis offers main advantages vs. oxidation methods including the water-based solvent, low energy consumption, excellent process control and stability at any time as a completely green process accordingly to the bio-based profile of the end chemical product.