Iowa State University researchers have developed a synthetic process to convert soybean oil into several waxes suitable as replacements for paraffin and carnauba waxes.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Prototype
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: In North America, the consumption of wax is around three billion pounds per year, with an associated value in excess of three billion dollars. Markets of waxes are diverse ranging from simple fuel in candles to practical applications such as coating in the paper and packaging industry. Currently, waxes are either petroleum derived or are found in expensive biorenewable feed-stock such as the carnauba palm. This technology offers a new market channel for the utilization of soybean oil to meet many of the application areas of current wax technologies with, in some cases, superior performance.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: Work on this research was funded by the United Soybean Board (USB).