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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

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SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 812

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

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