Omno Polymers

Renmatix’s Omno polymers are a co-product of producing sugars, and create additional building blocks for bioproducts. Omno is produced from the structural part of the deconstructed plant material, commonly referred to as lignin, that is pulled away when Plantro sugars are hydrolyzed from the cellulose. In conventional pulp and paper operations, lignin is chemically dissolved to separate it from the plant's cellulose fiber that is used to make paper. However, Renmatix preserves this lignin in a clean, natural state. Those same solid particles do not dissolve during the Plantrose Process, so they can be collected, purified, and refined, to capture additional value from the original biomass. Ultimately, the resulting Omno Polymer lignin that is produced can be used as a substitute for many different types of bioproducts, including polymers and chemicals. Omno Polymers can be purified, refined, and tailored to meet customer needs with tunable characteristics like molecular weight and particle size.

Crysto Composites

Glass reinforced composites are uniquitous amongst industrial applications ranging from sports equipment to automotive components. Introducing 30 – 33wt% chopped glass fiber has been the convention to achieve modulus (stiffness) for decades, but tends to be done at the expense of ductility and density (part weight). Recent applications are pushing the limits of thermoplastics and are targeting improvements in those same deficiencies. For example, automotive OEMs are obliged to meet pending MPG minimum legislation and are taking weight off their fleets as part of the remedy. Crysto Cellulose (dry) has been evaluated as a stiffness synergist by working in concert with conventional glass to meet modulus specifications with less overall inorganic content thus lowering the density. The concept is thought to apply across thermoplastics and thermosets using various reinforcing fillers.

Crysto Architectural Coatings

Water based paints have tight tolerances on rheological behavior to ensure ease of use by even the most inexperienced user. Inappropriate viscosity can lead to sag, splatter and spread difficulties that will leave an imperfect finish. Cellulose and cellulose derivatives have been a mainstay in rheological control packages, which can be complimented with Crysto Cellulose. Working in concert with other rheological control agents, Crysto facilitates the necessary physical properties, while potentially reducing the solids loading. Furthermore, inclusion of an insoluble cellulosic can offer line filling properties to further enhance the user friendliness of the coating.

Crysto Drilling Muds

The primary functions of drilling fluids are assisting in removal and conveyance of drilled rock fragments, controlling formation pressures and maintaining wellbore stability. Efficacy of a drilling fluid is defined through critical parameters such as thermal stability, rheological performance, thixotropic behavior, fluid-loss characteristics, lubrication properties, and susceptibility to performance loss related to weighting agents & contaminant loads fluids. Crysto has shown significant promise for drilling fluids in the field, and we are currently finalizing our Intellectual Property position.

In support of provisional patent filings, we are working to register additional Intellectual Property to protect this significant innovation. In summer of 2018, we will disclose specific details about the key attributes and benefits that Crysto provides for these applications.

Plantro Cellulosic Sugars

Plantro cellulosic sugars are derived from non-food plant feedstocks (e.g. agricultural residues, woody biomass, and energy grasses). Raw plant material is slurried together with water to produce a mixture primarily composed of carbohydrate polymer cellulose, hemicellulose, and an aromatic polymer (lignin). The hemicellulose is a polymer of mainly five-carbon sugars C5H10O5 (xylose) and the cellulose is a polymer of six-carbon sugar C6H12O6 (glucose). Cellulose fibers are the structural building blocks of a plant and are tightly bound to lignin, but these non-food plant feedstocks can be economically deconstructed using Renmatix’s supercritical hydrolysis during the Plantrose Process. Vast amounts of fermentable sugars are unlocked from this range of plant materials once they have been hydrolyzed. The affordable industrial sugars that are produced can be converted into a multitude of bioproducts, including biochemicals, biofuels, and polymer products.

Industrial Products

Evolution of a new, cost-competitive, sustainable material

The Plantrose Process uses two of nature’s most abundant resources – water & plants - to produce a powerful, new biobased material - Crysto™ Cellulose. Through water pushed to supercritical conditions, our proprietary platform systematically hydrolyzes cellulose from non-food biomass which is then re-precipitated into Crysto Cellulose. Renmatix is the first to harness the power of water to deconstruct biomass commercially, and we have been operating at scale since 2009.  Most importantly, eliminating process solvents has the net effect of creating cost-conscious, highly versatile and pure forms of cellulose.    

Not quite micro, not quite nano

Crysto Cellulose properties lie at the intersection of the micro- and nano- scale ranges, which roughly translates to advantaged properties while maintaining industrial hygiene standards. The structure of Crysto is composed from a differentiated family of micro and nano crystalline materials with distinct physical and chemical attributes, characterized by a particle size distribution centered around 1 micron. It has been demonstrated to provide interfacial properties, such as emulsification, compatibilization, and adhesion, while also delivering rheological modification.  Produced as a hydrated gel, Crysto Cellulose can be readily incorporated into liquid systems without the need for high shear mixing.  A free-flowing, dry powder formulation is also under development for use in solid system applications.

An advantaged additive

High performance and naturally-derived products are rare in the materials world, yet that’s exactly what Crysto brings to the table. Having systematically removed 'undesirable' fractions from the biomass, Crysto Cellulose is left with theoretical properties that exceed those of steel! That may sound like a stretch, but it is true - and we feel like its important to highlight that Renmatix has been able to differentiate this bio-ingredient from the limitations of past bio materials, some of which could only achieve reduced performance metrics. Crysto often exceeds the performance standards of competitive bio offerings, and is proven to hold its own against conventional material properties.

Renmatix has led investigations into a number of industrial fields to harness the intrinsic value and demonstrated benefits of Crysto Cellulose.

Sample Applications

  • Oil & Gas: Information on Crysto enhanced drilling muds will be disclosed once additional IP filings are complete
  • Coatings: Analogous to cellulosic rheology modifiers, Crysto can provide rheology control in water based architectural coatings; more detail will be disclosed once additional IP filings are complete  
  • Composites: Crysto has been shown to deliver multiple benefits in composite materials; specific details will be disclosed once current IP filings are complete
  • Industrial Fluids: Crysto Cellulose brings emulsifying, particle suspension and additional properties to water-based fluids; more detail will be disclosed once current IP filings are complete

Additional development is on going for use of Crysto Cellulose in applications for: medical materials, aviation, electronics, & building and construction materials. Please contact us at if you would like to know more about Crysto's suitability for your needs. 

As an advanced material additive, Crysto has a range of industrial applications, such as: composites, coatings, and oilfield fluids like drilling muds. Key advantages include: 

  • Enabling cost
  • High thermal stability
  • Unique rheological properties
  • Hydrophilic gel-like suspension
  • High-surface area & low aspect ratio
  • Surface hydroxyl chemistry readily available for derivatization or reaction 

This proprietary form of cellulose can be modified to meet designated specifications for sustainable substitution in existing formulations, or integrated to generate innovative new material solutions.

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The first products produced via the Plantrose Process are Plantro® sugars. These Plantro sugars are the cellulosic sugars that serve as the primary building blocks for biochemicals and advanced biofuels. Plantro sugars are distinct in that they have been liberated from the biomass using water and heat, instead of acids, solvents, and/or enzymes. Most importantly, they are also cheaper, enabling economical uses in a broad range of fuel and chemical applications.

The easiest way to think about the Plantrose Process is: take biomass, hit it with hot water, filter it, hit the remaining solids with really hot water and filter again. The first step of the process removes hemicellulose which becomes one type of sugar, and the supercritical hydrolysis removes cellulose, giving us another type of sugar.

The solids produced by the Plantrose Process are marketed as Omno™ Polymers, a clean lignin. Omno is produced from the structural part of the plant material, commonly referred to as lignin, that we pull away when Supercritical Crystalline Cellulose (SC3) or Plantro Sugars are hydrolyzed from the cellulose. These resulting macro molecules are well-suited for a broad range of classical chemical applications and innovative future products across different manufacturing platforms. As the second most abundant natural polymer on Earth, after cellulose, the range of available sources and potential uses for this non-carbohydrate lignin material are enumerable.

Renmatix’s Omno Polymers are co-products that create additional building blocks for bioproducts. In conventional pulp and paper operations, lignin is chemically separated as the fiber is processed. To make paper white, manufacturers generally pull out the lignin or the plants' natural 'glue'. However, Renmatix preserves its lignin in a natural state, those same solid particles do not dissolve during the Plantrose Process, so they can be collected and sold to generate additional value from the incoming plant material.

Renmatix's Plantrose Process inherently makes a low moisture, free flowing Omno solid. For more demanding applications, the particle size and moisture can be controlled to optimize performance.

Lignin has often been characterized as the trouble maker in cellulose hydrolysis. By its nature, it tends to be reactive and sticky, requiring special attention in order to separate it from cellulose. These properties often lead to further processing, and therefore incur higher costs before they can be useful in targeted markets. The traditional approach is to add strong chemicals, often including foul-smelling sulfur based contaminants during the harsh process that removes the lignin from paper pulp. This has limited the conventional lignin market substantially. With the Plantrose Process, Omno Polymers come off having only used water. Accordingly, Omno Polymers have no offensive smell, are clean, and highly functional with untapped utility. So instead of finding ways to 'get rid of' our lignin – we look at new and novel applications that are well suited to these advantageous attributes.