Bolingbrook, Illinois - Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. announced 26 Oct that it has entered into a joint development agreement with Stepan Co, to evaluate and commercialise novel polyurethane polyols, surfactants, and antimicrobials based on Elevance's speciality natural-oil-based feedstocks.
These materials, including 9-decenoic ester and C-18 di-basic ester, are made from natural oils using a Nobel Prize-winning technology called olefin metathesis, Elevance says. This yields high-performance ingredients for use in specialty chemicals markets as well as personal care products, detergents, fuels, and lubricants, the firm added. Intended uses will be for a variety of applications in the industrial, consumer, institutional, and broader surfactant marketplace.
Both companies agree the joint development is an opportunity to provide an expanded product portfolio based on biorenewable feedstocks. Developing new biorenewable technologies with performance benefits is consistent with customers' growth initiatives and their sustainability goals, Elevance claimed.
"Stepan's breadth of expertise in derivative chemistries including sulfonation, esterification and quaternisation, provides an excellent complement to our unique specialty chemical building blocks," said K'Lynne Johnson, ceo of Elevance. "Our agreement with Stepan is a great fit that provides us with a leading partner for our strategic business segments in surfactants, polyols and antimicrobials."
John Venegoni, vice president and general manager, Surfactants with Stepan added, "We are pleased to work with Elevance in an effort to provide a unique product portfolio that addresses our customer's sustainability objectives such as renewable feedstocks, greater compaction and reduced energy consumption."