Researchers find important solution for making new strong and durable plant-based plastics

Dec 14, 2022 | News | 0 comments

AMSTERDAM,  14 December 2022 – Researchers at the Industrial Sustainable Chemistry group of the University of Amsterdam led by Avantium Chief Technology Officer Gert-Jan Gruter have found an important solution towards the production of fully plant-based, rigid polyesters. The study has recently been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications ( The group presents a simple, yet innovative, synthesis strategy to overcome the inherently low reactivity of plant-based secondary diols in polyester synthesis, resulting in polyesters that have superior mechanical and thermal properties, and at the same time high molecular weights. This enables the production of new very strong and durable plant-based plastics from building blocks such as Avantium’s FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), thereby further increasing its addressable market.

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