Omno Polymers

Renmatix is more than just a cellulosic sugar technology company, we have an economical biorefinery technology. Much like a petrochemical refinery utilizes the 'whole barrel' of oil, Plantrose technology is being developed to extract and utilize all parts of the biomass. 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 plant material, commonly referred to as lignin, that we pull away when Plantro sugars are hydrolyzed from the cellulose. In conventional pulp and paper operations, lignin is chemically separated as they process the fiber. To make paper white manufacturers have to pull out the lignin or the 'glue'. However, Renmatix preserves this lignin in a natural state, those same solid particles do not dissolve during the Plantrose process, so they can be collected to capture additional value from the original biomass. Ultimately, the resulting lignin that is produced can be used as a substitute for many different types of polymers and chemicals.

This macro molecule is marketed by Renmatix as Omno polymers, for utilization in a broad range of classical chemical applications and innovative future platforms. As the second most abundant natural polymer on Earth, after cellulose, the range of available sources and potential uses for this non-carbohydrate material are enumerable.

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 higher costs, to make them useful in targeted markets. The traditional approach is to add strong chemicals, often including foul-smelling sulfur based contaminants. This comes about during the harsh process used to remove the lignin from the paper pulp. This has limited the lignin market substantially. With the Plantrose process, Renmatix lignin comes off having only used water. Renmatix lignin that is used for Omno polymers has no offensive smell, is clean, and is 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. Omno polymers can be tailored to meet customer needs with tunable characteristics like molecular weight and particle size.

There has been considerable research in the industry, exploring higher value end uses of lignin such as conversion to adhesives, carbon fibers, thermoplastics, and commodity chemicals like BTX (Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene). Renmatix’s technology creates a low-cost, highly-reactive clean lignin. This is a highly-advantaged starting point to enable more of the potential lignin market. The economic benefit from Omno polymers can be significant since they can replace high value chemicals with lignin material. In fact, the sustainable substitution that becomes possible via Omno polymer integration, is helping foster a new wave of biobased products. The global market size for simple early application is already large, with new applications being explored by current and emerging partners.