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.
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).