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.