TechConnect Innovation Program

Bio-renewable terephthalate from sugarcane

Plants As Plants, TX, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

This program will produce commercially viable levels of 4-hydroxybenzoate in sugarcane. It will also develop click chemistry technology to convert 4-hydroxybenzoate to terephthalate.

Primary Application Area: Biotech & Biological Sciences

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Petrochemical production of plastics is dependent on a volatile petroleum-derived feed-stock which varies in price depending on world events. A bio-based feedstock will allow price stability and continuity, plus will carry a clean, green image.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 741

Website: http://biology.unt.edu/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners