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 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 a plant's lignin in a 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. Ultimately, the resulting Omno Polymer lignin that is produced can be used as a substitute for many different types of polymers and chemicals. Omno Polymers can be purified, refined, and tailored to meet customer needs with tunable characteristics like molecular weight and particle size.
These macro molecules are marketed for utilization in a broad range of classical chemical applications and innovative future material 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.
The Plantrose Process can allow for the economical production of valuable renewable biochemicals and biofuels while mitigating environmental issues. We can effectively and beneficially impact our environment, including decreasing GHG emissions, by using Omno Polymers to replace environmentally harmful substances such as petroleum-based BTX and formaldehyde or expensive substances such as pMDI.
The potential market sizes for Omno polymers are quite large, and the benefits are numerous, including:
- Create economic value, in the form of multiple products, from underutilized biomass resources
- Enable downstream companies who can develop and commercialize new renewable materials (like lignin based carbon fiber) to bolster bioindustry
- Decrease GHG emission by replacing petrochemicals with renewable biochemicals