Muttenz, Switzerland
Muttenz, Switzerland

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The present invention is directed to a self-sufficient process for the production of biomass hydrolysate with reduced salt content as well as the de-salted hydrolysate produced after the inventive process and the use of the de-salted hydrolysate as a fermentation medium.


Patent
Clariant | Date: 2017-03-15

The present invention is directed to a novel and advantageous process for the purification of biomass hydrolysate as well as the purified hydrolysate produced after the inventive process and the use of the purified hydrolysate as a fermentation medium.


The present invention addresses the problem of providing a solid catalyst capable of achieving high selectivity and high yield for isosorbide, preferably at the same time, in a dehydration reaction by which dianhydrosugar alcohol is obtained from a sugar alcohol, particularly, in a dehydration reaction by which isosorbide is obtained from sorbitol. The above-mentioned problem is solved by a solid catalyst for a dehydration reaction for preparing dianhydrosugar alcohol from sugar alcohol, said catalyst including an H-type zeolite having an atomic composition ratio of Si to Al (Si/Al) of more than 20.


Patent
Clariant | Date: 2017-01-18

The invention relates to a dye composition containing at least one compound of the formula (I) and at least one pigment. The compounds of the formula (I) have the following general formula, in which R0 represents C1-C6 alkyl or CF3; R1 represents sulfo, carboxy, C1-C4 alkylene sulfo, C1-C4 alkylene carboxy, CONH2, CONH(C1-C4 alkyl), or CN; R2 represents C1-C18 alkyl, C2-C18 alkenyl, hydroxy C1-C18 alkyl, or (C1-C6 alkylene-O-)m-R, wherein R represents H, C1-C6 alkyl, or hydroxy C1-C16 alkyl, and m represents a number from 1 to 20; R3 represents H, sulfo, carboxy, C1-C6 alkyl, or C1-C6 alkoxy; R4 represents H, C1-C6 alkyl, or C1-C6 alkoxy; R5 represents OH, OM, C1-C6 alkyl, unsubstituted C6-C10 aryl, or C6-C10 aryl substituted with C1-C6 alkyl, halogen, for example F, Cl, Br, carboxy, or sulfo. The compounds of formula (I) contain at least one anionic group from the group of sulfo and carboxy with the counter-cation M+, M+ representing and alkali metal cation or an organic cation. The dye compositions are suitable for use in color filters in particular.


Patent
Clariant | Date: 2017-01-11

The invention relates to the use of one or more N-methyl-N-acylglucamines of the formula (I) wherein R1 represents a linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon group having 7 to 21 carbon atoms, as a corrosion inhibitor.


The invention relates to a process for producing a bleaching earth, comprising the steps of drying a water-rich raw clay to a reduced water content, mixing the raw clay having a reduced water content with a solid organic and/or concentrated inorganic acid, and grinding the mixture of raw clay having a reduced water content and solid organic and/or concentrated inorganic acid, in which case the bleaching earth then has a water content of 20% to 40% by weight. The invention further encompasses a bleaching earth obtainable by this process and to the use thereof for bleaching of raw animal or vegetable oil.


An aqueous composition which contains (a) one or more alkyl glucamides of the formula (I), wherein R1 represents a linear or branched alkyl group having 5 to 9 carbon atoms, R2 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and (b) water, is suitable for improving soil humidification.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: BIOTEC-03-2016 | Award Amount: 6.24M | Year: 2016

CHASSY will unlock the full potential of the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Yarrowia lipolytica and Kluyveromyces marxianus as cell factories for production of high value compounds which have applications in the cosmetic, nutraceutical and white biotechnology sectors. Current cell factory strains for these classes of product are restricted to proof-of-principle levels because of limited precursor supply, poor product tolerance and lack of versatility. CHASSY addresses these challenges by redesigning metabolic circuits and expanding the host range to include the oleaginous yeast, Y. lipolytica and the thermotolerant yeast, K. marxianus. The systems biology approach will integrate model-based design, construction and analysis of yeast strains, resulting in reconfigured metabolic networks optimised for the production of lipid and aromatic molecules. Construction of the chassis strains, using new and existing synthetic biology tools, will be directed by knowledge derived from a thorough systems biology comparison of the three yeast species, conducted using integrative data analysis and genome scale metabolic models. The chassis strains will be used to build cell factories to produce three specific high value products: the oleochemicals, Docosanol and Octanoic acid; and the aromatic molecule, Amorfrutin 1. These new cell factory strains will be evaluated under industrial conditions to produce data that will further improve the chassis platforms. The major outcomes of this project will be (1) a new set of chassis yeast strains that are widely applicable for development of industrial cell factories; (2) the knowledge and technology to readily build and evaluate new chassis tailored to specific applications; (3) prototype cell factory strains producing three high value metabolites for commercial exploitation; (4) a dissemination and exploitation strategy to ensure that European SMEs benefit from the knowledge base, platform chassis and resources generated in CHASSY.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SPIRE-01-2016 | Award Amount: 7.62M | Year: 2016

INSPIREWATER demonstrates a holistic approach for water management in the process industry using innovative technology solutions from European companies to increase water and resource efficiency in the process industry. This will put Europe as a leader on the world market for segments in industrial water treatment which will create new high skilled jobs in Europe. With extended collaboration between technology providers including innovative SMEs, world-wide active companies in the chemical and steel industries and research organizations, this project also contributes to the aims of the SPIRE SRA, the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water and to the aims of the Commissions Roadmap on Resource efficiency, supporting effective implementation of European directives and policies in the water management area. INSPIREWATER addresses non-technical barriers as well as technical, as innovation needs both components and demonstrates them in the steel and chemical industry. A flexible system for water management in industries that can be integrated to existing systems is worked out and demonstrated to facilitate implementation of technical innovations. Technical innovations in the area of selected membrane technologies, strong field magnetic particle separator, and a catalyst to prevent biofouling are demonstrated, including valorisation of waste heat. This will increase process water efficiency as well as resource, water and energy savings in the process industry. The development and demonstration work is combined with a strong emphasis on exploitation and dissemination. Specific exploitation strategies are developed for the different solutions in INSPIREWATER. Dissemination targets different target groups: Stakeholders in different process industry also beyond the involved ones, e.g. Pulp and paper, but also policy makers based on the findings of the project.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: BBI-IA-FLAG | Phase: BBI.VC1.F1 | Award Amount: 34.95M | Year: 2016

The LIGNOFLAG project demonstrates an integrated and whole value chain oriented approach to drive forth the bio-based production of ethanol as sustainable transport fuel or chemical building block. The project approach involves the collaboration of the relevant actors along the whole value chain from feedstock (straw) supply and logistics via process co-products (lignin as biochar, sludge as fertilizer) utilisation and valorization to advanced bio-ethanol production and product distribution. The core part of the project is the first-of-a-kind commercial flagship plant for lignocellulosic feedstock to ethanol conversion (60,000 tons/year) that serves to showcase the techno-economic viability of an innovative bio-refinery concept and shall boost EU bio-ethanol production. Based on Clariants innovative technology (e.g. onsite-enzyme production, tailor-made enzymes, chemical-free pre-treatment, intensive energy integration) in combination with new harvesting techniques, smart co-product use, accurate and comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and flanked by an ambitious dissemination and IPR/exploitation strategy the flagship plant will contribute to the calls as well as to the BBI JU objectives highlighted in the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). LIGNOFLAG fosters the essential transition to a post-petroleum EU society by decoupling economic growth from resource use and environmental degradation.

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