Plantrose Fractions

When Renmatix began as a cellulosic sugar extraction company, we achieved economic breakthroughs for biorefinery technology. And now, much like a petrochemical refinery can utilize the 'whole barrel' of oil (vs. the small easily distilled part that was first used for kerosene) -- our Plantrose Process has evolved and matured to use more of the plant parts being deconstructed. Our supercritical hydrolysis reactions can now go beyond a focus on industrial sugars, to extract and utilize more parts of the plant to produce even more sustainable biomaterials.

PLANTROSE PROCESS BREAKS DOWN PLANTS INTO 3 FRACTIONS THAT BECOME NEW MATERIALS

Plantro Cellulosic Sugars

Cellulosic sugars are derived from non-food biomass (e.g. wood, agricultural residues, municipal solid waste). The biomass is primarily composed of carbohydrate polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose), and an aromatic polymer (lignin). The hemicellulose is a polymer of mainly 5-carbon sugars (like xylose), depending on the biomass source, and the cellulose is a polymer of 6-carbon sugar (glucose).

Cellulosic sugars can be converted into a multitude of bioproducts, biochemicals, and biofuels.

SC3 Derivatives

After disassembling plant parts during supercritical hydrolysis, those particles come out of the supercritical phase and reprecipitate into a crystalline phase. By adjusting operating conditions, the same versatile Plantrose technology produces these different outputs. Rather than converting cellulose all the way down to sugar, intermediate products can be isolated mid-process. By doing so, we accomplish an efficient production of this additional fraction, a new and different material – and successfully arrive at Supercritical Crystalline Cellulose.

To understand the magnitude of change represented by the successful isolation of SC3, a  Plantrose-extracted, crystalline cellulose material, it helps to consider the myriad of benefits and attributes it provides across multiple market segments. SC3 can be used as a building block for a wide range of bioproducts. Some of the early markets to incorporate SC3 derived formulations include: industrial applications, beauty products, and food ingredients.

Omno Polymer Lignins

The lignin products resulting from the Plantrose Process have a unique molecular structure and properties that can be efficiently utilized in varied high value applications – either as a replacement or through transformation. An example of using lignin as a replacement is to substitute lignin for a portion of currently available wood adhesives (such as PF and pMDI) in the manufacture of engineered wood products (such as plywood, veneers, and OSB). 

An example of transforming lignin into a new product is a chemical conversion of the lignin (via catalysis) into a new chemical compound such as aromatic hydrocarbons like BTX (Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene).