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A new and cost-effective process for direct production of lactide as a monomer of polylactic acid(PLA)

Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), , Korea

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A monomer of polylactic acid (PLA), lactide, has been commercially produced by two-step prepolymer process, resulting in significant enantiopurity loss and high production cost. KRICT offers a new single-step catalytic process, overcoming the disadvantages of the conventional 2-step process and thus enabling production cost be reduced significantly.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The present technology will offer sets of new intellectual properties, whose claims can cover various facets of the single step lactide production technology, including catalysts, catalytic reaction processes, and purifications. Considering the importance of lactide production costs, these intellectual properties will provide critical competitive edge over companies adopting conventional processes.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 812

Website: www.krict.re.kr/english/index.php

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Korean government financial support program through 5-year project by a governmental organization, ISTK (Korea Research Council for Industrial Science & Technology)

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Development / License Partners